Civil servants say 15% salary increase ‘manifestly inadequate’

Officials from government workers union, Civil Servants Trade Union are up in arms against the government for awarding them a 15 per cent salary increase describing it as too little.

 Some civil servants display a list of their demands
Some civil servants display a list of their demands

Civil Servants Trade Union (CSTU) secretary general Madalitso Njolomole said this is the least they expected from the government after a series and intensive meetings on the matter.

“We have been discussing this matter with the problem and we expected a better pay hike for the junior servants,” he said.

Finance minister Goodall Gondwe announced a 15 per cent average pay hike for civil servants when he announcing the K1.2 trillion national budget to parliament on Friday.

Gondwe conceded that the budget had been drawn together with the IMF who have a distaste for a ballooned public service wage bill.

Njolomole  however said discussions with the government would continue since legislators are yet to approve the 2016/17 national budget.

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