The ‘Don’t Kubeba’ government has u-turned on 100% pay rise for health workers.
Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba says some sections of the media misquoted President Michael Sata when they reported that the head of State directed the ministry of finance to ensure that it increases health workers’ salaries in the country by 100 percent.
Mwamba has told journalists that the President was merely commenting on the need for the government to improve the conditions of service for health workers as a way of attracting back to the country health workers and used the 100 % salary increment as an illustration.
Last week, Minister of Labour, Sport and Youth Chishimba Kambwili announced that government had increased salaries for all health workers by 100 percent.
He said the pay rise will boost morale among health workers across the country.
“Today (Wednesday), we have increased the salaries for all our health workers by 100 percent, so when the PF government says it is putting more money into people’s pockets, we mean business and we are serious,” Mr Kambwili said.
The minister was speaking after visiting Morganite Limited. He said Government is concerned about the poor salaries many workers get across the country.
Mr Kambwili said the salary increment for health workers is an indication that Government is committed to improving salaries for civil servants, as promised during election campaigns.