Sata threatens to fire all civil servants if they strike

Sata threatens to fire all civil servants if they strike

President Michael Sata has threatened to fire all civil servants if they go ahead with their planned strike.
Sata says other people can be hired to replace them. Sata ahas accused civil servants of working against his government.
Civil servants have threatened to go strike over prolonged salaries negotiation and other conditions of service.
Most collective agreements between workers union and the the government expire by the end of March 2012.
Public service workers are reported eager to know how many percentages the government is going to award in terms of salary increase especially after President Sata announced a 100 per cent salary increase for health sector workers.
Health workers whose salaries have been increased by 100 per cent are however reported to have also threatened to go on strike because they do not see the promise by President Sata being fulfilled.
Public service workers together with private sector employees are also agitated with non disclosure and implementation of the minimum wage promised by President Michael Chilufya Sata and the Patriotic Front government.
President Michael Sata campaigned on the premise of more jobs and more money in the people’s pockets.
Meanwhile, President Michael Sata has disclosed that there are many pro- opposition civil servants that are trying to sabotage government and has since asked Secretary to the Cabinet Evans Chibiliti to move and clean up the civil service.
The Head of State said many civil servants are trying to frustrate Government efforts in its endeavor to foster national development.
ZANIS reports that the President was speaking at State House today when he swore-in newly appointed Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Minister Emerine Kabanshi and Secretary to the Cabinet Evans Chibiliti.
President Sata also swore-in Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education Permanent Secretary Dr. Patrick Nkanza and Chairman of the Police and Prisons Commission Alexander Museba.
He urged Mr. Chibiliti to inspire Permanent Secretaries, Directors and Assistant Directors in the civil service to start working in order to deliver development to the people of Zambia.
President Sata said the six months that the Patriotic Front Government has been in power has not gone down well with the opposition especially that they had predicted that the PF Government would not last more than three months in office.
He said some even predicted that he would die within three months of being Head of State.
The President has since urged officers that were being sworn-in to ensure that things start moving in order to shame Government critics.
He directed the Secretary to the Cabinet to move and see what is happening in the civil service.

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