Zampost to retrench more workers

The Zambia Postal Services (ZAMPOST) has retrenched 98 workers due to competition from private competitors.

And Monze Central Member of Parliament Jack Mwiimbu has wondered why the PF government was retrenching workers when they were on record saying that they will not allow any Zambians to be retrenched.

Deputy Minister of Transport and Communication James Kapyanga told Parliament on Tuesday that Zampost has retrenched 98 workers due to competition from private money transfer dealers like Zona and Shoprite money transfer.

Kapyanga said a total of 158 workers are scheduled to be retrenched.

Transport and Communication Minister Kapembwa Simbao said following the emergence of money transfer firms Zampost’s monthly revenues through Swiftcash has reduced from K3 .1 Million to K1.2 Million.

And Monze Central Member of Parliament Jack Mwiimbu has wondered why the PF government was retrenching workers when they were on record saying that they will not allow any Zambians to be retrenched.

‘Government is on record castigating retrenchments and addressing workers on the Copperbelt that they will not allow any Zambian to be retrenched, why is government itself retrenching?’ Mwiimbu asked.

In response Simbao claimed that Zampost had meetings with all stakeholders before retrenching workers adding that it was a business decision which all parties accepted to save the company.

Lukulu West Member of Parliament Misheck Mutelo wondered why it was okay for Zampost to agree with stakeholders on retrenchments yet when mines do the same government says it’s illegal but Simbao argued that the mines did not follow the procedure when they announced retrenchments.

Typical of PF mentality, Chief Government Spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili told a local radio station on Tuesday morning that even in Australia four mines have been placed on care and maintenance.

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