Teachers offered better conditions of service
By ADRIAN MWANZA
GOVERNMENT has signed a new collective agreement with four teacher unions for new and improved conditions of service for 2013.
Government was represented by Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary, Chishimba Nkosha, while the teacher unions were represented by Secondary School Teachers Union of Zambia (SSTUZ) president Nyambe Sefulo.
Other union representatives present included Basic Education Teachers Union of Zambia (BETUZ), Professional Teachers Union of Zambia (PTUZ) and Zambia National Union of Teachers (ZNUT).
Government signed the MoU which was premised on principles covering remuneration based on the integrated competitive total remuneration strategy for the public service from 2012 to 2021.
The collective agreement is aimed at improving the welfare of teachers and other employees in the country.
He said the move would motivate teachers to work more efficiently and effectively for the benefit of the nation.
Mr Nkosha said the signing would ensure that teachers received equal pay for equal work because their efforts were tireless and relentless.
He said Government and the unions agreed to effect the revised salaries and conditions of service on September 1, 2013.
“This is a demonstration of Government’s desire to improve the welfare of its employees and it is hoped that with these positive actions, employees will be motivated to work more efficiently and effectively,” he said.
He said Government and the unions had agreed to introduce the public service credit union in June that would enable teachers to access loans at affordable rates for their personal development and welfare.
SSTUZ president Nyambe Sefulo said the MoU would empower and motivate teachers to work hard.
Mr Sefulo said the graded increments were a shot in the arm as it greatly exceeded the economic basic needs of an employee.
“I m hopeful that this will empower and motivate the teachers because the increased salaries exceed the basic needs of any employee,” he said.
He said dialogue should continue so that all the parties come up with lasting and amicable solutions to various problems faced by stakeholders.
Apart from the teacher unions, Government has also signed new collective agreements with the Health Workers Union of Zambia who were awarded between 21 and 150 per cent, the Civil Servants and Allied Workers Union of Zambia where public service workers had the least paid, getting an increment of more than 200 per cent.