-The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) has applauded government for starting the process of reviewing the wage freeze in the country.
YALI executive board Secretary Mundia Hakoola said government’s commitment to dialogue with various stake holders is the way to go in order to resolve the wage freeze impasse amicably.
Mr. Hakoola however said government is expected to dialogue with stakeholders and public service workers at all times and not only during election periods.
He told ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka today that the wage freeze has been an issue for a while now and hoped that the discussions will be done sincerely and in the right context with no political agenda.
Mr. Hakoola said youths want genuine politics and a government that is genuinely concerned about the public service workers.
He hoped that the discussions outcome will be implemented either by the PF if it continues in government or any party that might emerge victorious in the January 20 Presidential elections.
The Acting President Guy Scott recently revealed that government and public sector unions were reviewing the wage freeze and that some public sector unions such as those in local authorities have already had their conditions of service reviewed.
Dr. Scott said government is also consulting public unions and other stakeholders on the retirement age.