If Civil Servants were hoping that they would push the government into raising their salaries anytime soon they should forget—as news coming from the Capital Hill says the salary increments will only be made in the 2013-14 financial year.
It had become a norm that, every year, when the finance minister is presenting budget in parliament, government announces civil servants’ salary increments, but there is nothing for them in the current financial year.
In a statement issued on Friday and made available to Nyasa Times, government said it is committed to improving salaries for civil servants in the next financial year in accordance with the terms that were agreed between the Government Negotiating Team and the Civil Servants Trade Union (CSTU) in February, 2013.
The negotiations between government and civil servants representatives came in the wake of a strike the workers held some months ago to demand salary hike after the Kwacha devaluation which skyrocketed the prices of goods and services.
“Government wishes to inform all Civil Servants that their salaries will still be revised accordingly in the 2013/14 Financial Year although the Minister of Finance did not highlight this aspect in the Budget Statement delivered to the National Assembly on May 24, 2013” reads the statement in part.
The statement further reveals that the Finance Minister Ken Lipenga did not announce the news during the presentation of the 2013-2014 national budgets in parliament recently following the advice from both the Government Negotiating Team and the Civil Servants Trade Union (CSTU).
The statement says the Government Negotiating Team and CSTU will soon enter into the second phase of the negotiations and will later inform the general public about the outcome of the meeting.
“Government will therefore inform all Civil Servants and the nation when the next round of negotiations between the Government Negotiating Team and CSTU will start and the outcome of the dialogue,” the statement says.
In the statement, the government assures the Civil Servants and the nation that it is committed to improve Civil Servants salaries within the prevailing economic conditions and to ensure that the progress towards economic recovery remains on course while addressing the legitimate expectations of civil servants.