—The Civil Servants and Allied Workers Union of Zambia (CSAWUZ) has condemned demands by Parliamentarians for an increment to their gratuity to avoid destitution once they leave office.
CSAWUZ President, Davy Chiyobe, described the demands as selfish, immoral and a shame, stating that it is improper especially that they are the ones who endorsed the wage freeze for civil servants.
Mr Chiyobe said this last night during the Lusaka Provincial Conference held at Garden House Motel in Lusaka.
He, however, said the demands by MPs can be beneficial to civil servants if they are awarded because it would mean that even civil servants will be awarded a salary increment.
Mr Chiyobe has since called for dialogue between government and union leaders to discuss the issue of the wage freeze which he said is not helping civil service especially that the cost of living has continued to rise.
And Zambia Congress of Trade Unions President, Leonard Hikaumba, has called on government to correct erring employees in a dignified manner rather than shouting at them in public, a situation he said instills fear in them resulting in poor service delivery.
Mr Hikaumba has also called on politicians who are appointed in the civil service not to drag civil servants into politics as they are non partisan.
Meanwhile, responding to Civil Servants and Allied Workers Union of Zambia’s concerns, Lusaka Province Permanent Secretary, Wamunyima Muwana, assured civil servants that government, through the Ministry of Labour, has already started dialoguing on the wage freeze issue as it is a listening government.
Mr Muwana, however, called on trade union leaders to ensure that they sensitize their members on the importance of understanding the terms and conditions of service for civil servants and not only concentrate on clauses that favor them but also what they are not supposed to do.