Govt, unions conferring over retirement age

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Acting President Guy Scott has said government was holding consultations with trade unions and other stakeholders regarding the revision of the retirement age from 55 to 65 years.


Dr. Scott said government will not act unilaterally on matters of such importance and sensitivity.


He added that he has listened to the views expressed by unions and other stakeholders regarding the matter of the retirement age.


And Dr. Scot has said so far 317 nurses who were laid off last year for engaging in an illegal strike have been re-engaged while letters of re-engagement for the remaining ones have also been processed.


He however reiterated that government will not tolerate indiscipline in the public service.


This is according to a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today.


On the issue of the wage freeze, Dr. Scott said some public sector unions in the local authorities have already had their conditions of service reviewed.


He said for others, the process was in progress.


Dr. Scott said collective bargaining between the government and the union on matters of the wage freeze will still continue.


Meanwhile, Dr. Scott said Lumwana Mine has been requested to submit mining tax proposals to government to justify what level of mineral royalty tax should be applicable for their operations.


He said currently, Lumwana is opposing the 2015 mining tax regime without offering counter proposals.


Meanwhile, Dr. Scott reiterated that government has invested heavily in the road sector development which he said has opened up the country to both rural and urban investment opportunities.


He has therefore invited the private sector to set up more businesses countrywide that would employ more of Zambians.


Dr. Scott added that access to the market for the products has been made easier because of the improved road network.