GOVERNMENT and the Civil Servants and Allied Workers Union of Zambia (CSAWUZ) have agreed on a salary pay rise of more than 200 per cent for the lowest paid public worker.
Transport and housing allowances would be maintained at 10 and 20 per cent of basic salary, respectively, while notch increments had also been introduced depending on grades.
As for the health sector, Government has introduced a personnel shift allowance pegged at 15 per cent of the basic salary for nurses and paramedics with a commuted night duty allowance at seven per cent of the salary.
The new conditions of service would take effect on September 1, this year to allow for the appeal process in the implementation of the job evaluation and regrading exercise.
The new collective agreement was signed in Lusaka yesterday following conclusion of negotiations between the Government negotiating team led by Public Service Management Division (PSMD) Permanent Secretary Velepi Mtonga and CSAWUZ executive members led by their president, Davy Chiyobe.
Under the new conditions, the lowest paid civil servant would have a take-home pay of K2.9 million.
Dr Mtonga said this had surpassed the basic basket needs compiled by the Central Statistical Office, pegged at K2.8 million
“Government and the unions have agreed to implement the results of the job evaluation and regrading exercise (JERG) in the public service. The JERG addresses the principle of equal pay for equal work and graded increase,” Dr Mtonga said.
She said during the signing ceremony at her office that the public service has had no job evaluation system, while the current job grading was based on an outdated system.
As a result of the discrepancy, there had been piece-meal approaches to resolving inequities in the pay structures leading to distortions in the entire system.
Government and the CSAWUZ also agreed to implement the public service medical and funeral insurance schemes and the operationalisation of the public service credit union by June, this year.
Mr Chiyobe said his team would explain in detail the new agreement to the members.
“We are glad to have come to the conclusion of the 2013 collective bargaining process with the Government. The increments are graded and as a Union, we shall take time to explain in detail to our members. We are glad that some of our members will have an increment of more than 200 per cent,” Mr Chiyobe said.
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