Government to pay Council workers’ delayed salaries

 Government to pay Council workers’ delayed salaries

Zambia United Local Authorities Workers Union (ZULAWU) and the Fire Services Union of Zambia (FIRESUZ) have called on their members to resume normal operations as government deals with the delayed salaries for local authorities.

This follows several meetings held with Local Government Minister Vincent Mwale, Local Government Service Commissioners, Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary in charge of budget and Public Service Management Division among others.

In a joint Communique by ZULAWU General Secretary Emmanuel Mwinsa and FIRESUZ Secretary Clement Mulenga, the unions said the Ministry of Finance will source the remaining 50 percent to constitute 100 percent allocation of the Local Government Equalization Fund for August.

The meeting also resolved that the Ministry of Finance will start re-allocation of the fund for December 2017 which was not disbursed causing a one-month delay in salaries among others.

They also said the implementation of the Centralized payroll system must be taken as a long-term measure to addressing late salaries to local authorities before the close of 2018.

The Two unions have since pledged to closely monitor the implementation of the resolutions and will be giving their members progress reports.

Alice Nachilembe

Alice Nachilembe is a Journalist who yearns for a better country with leaders being accountable to their mandate without oppressing the governed.

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