It is bad politics to freeze wages and employment – Chitala

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Political activist Mbita Chitala has observed that it is bad politics for the Patriotic Front (PF) government to decide to freeze wages and employment as it has prescribed in its 2014 national budget.

The freezing of wages and employment by the government in the civil service for a period 2 years has already caused agitation amongst workers in the civil service who have already announced plans to conduct a countrywide protest against government’s move.

The government has on the other hand called for a consultative meeting with the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and the ten public service unions tomorrow on Monday October 28.

Dr. Chitala has however observed that freezing of wages and employment by the government is an unnecessary provocation to which workers in the civil service have the right to protest against.

Dr. Chitala says the purpose of presiding over people like a government does is to ensure that wages are sustained and people continue being employed.

He has told Qfm in a telephone interview that going forward it is hoped that the meeting that government and the unions are expected to hold on Monday tomorrow will resolve the misunderstanding that the government has created.

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