The Civil Servants and Allied Workers Union of Zambia (CSAWUZ) says the ban on the use of government transport in the civil service has negatively affected productivity in government.
CSAWUZ Secretary General Joy Beene says the ban has negatively affected service delivery among government workers as seen from the time of reporting and knocking off.
He said members have cried foul on the development which has highly affected those in urban areas describing it as a bitter pill to swallow.
“Our members have cried foul over this development which has brought more suffering especially to those in urban centres. The only ones who are happy are those in rural areas who stay close to their institutions or do not need transport to go for work. To them the
transport allowance is a bonus. But the majority are complaining,” he said.
He said workers in most cases report as late at 09:00 hours and leave their offices as early as 16:00 hours to beat traffic and connects to their various destinations using public transport.
Mr. Beene said this in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today.
He said the transport allowance which is as low as K110, 000 is not enough to sustain an individual for a month especially that bus fares have been hiked.
“As you could be aware there are workers who are getting as low as K110, 000 as transport allowance which is 10% of the wages, but this money is not enough to sustain an individual especially with the current economic hardships,” he said.
He admitted that the union did not do a good job on this matter and is currently reviewing the 2012 collective bargaining with the view of going back to government to ask for an upward adjustment on the earlier agreement.
Mr. Beene said the unions are also doing a research on the impact this has brought to service delivery which it will later present to government.
He said since government was for the idea of quashing transport, it will be only prudent for it to effect an upward adjustment of the allowance to meet the demands.
Mr. Beene has, meanwhile, appealed for calm from civil servants saying the union is doing everything possible to address their concerns.
But Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet Teddy Mulonga said it is difficult to determine if there is any effect on productivity as no study has been conducted to verify this.
Government in June this year banned the use of government transport to ferry workers to and from work after effecting a transport allowance of 10% of the basic salary.