Removal of retention allowances insult to university graduates

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Dear editor,
It is my hope that this complaint be published. Following the highly praised salary negotiation, so many things have gone wrong in the implementation. I fill betrayed by our government and especially the unions. There could be better ways of balancing the wage bill than this evil that has been committed. Retention allowance has been a preserve of university graduates since the first republic. Removing it has created problems on the pay slip and integrity of education.
The junior ranks in medical scales are now getting better pay than a degree holder in general government scale.
 At the rank of GSS 06 and equivalent, the increment was about K 617 000 but the retention removed is about K 920 000. What a way of looking down at graduates.
For teachers, the scenario is worse. Many have gone into negatives. Retention allowance out, double class allowance out, extra duty allowance out, commuted overtime allowance out, tools allowance out, uniform allowance out and may more. Is this what we can call historical negotiation?  Shame to union leaders that announced so. The one that takes away workers incentives? I regret having this kind of Govt!
For the majority of the senior ranks the overall effect has been a decrement.
Any way , this is not a surprise. We have the head of state who has not spent much time behind the desk. He has also publicly stated that you do not need a degree to run an office and replaced graduates with cadres of low caliber.
The historical negotiation has also disadvantaged our classified daily employees by removing the LONG SERVICE BONUS. Come December 2012, there will be no funeral grant and instead the very small salary will be subjected to a deduction of a fee by the insurance  company to cover the funeral grant. The pride of the Government worker is taken away.
The NAPSA Contributions advantage Govt. NAPSA will never pay lump sum to its members. They will be put on a life salary. When will they realize there dreams to build houses and invest the money into the economy? no wonder NAPSA is able to build expensive shopping complexes.
People’s money is only benefiting the state.
I blame the union leaders to allow this kind of betrayal and manipulation.
God help us!
Concerned Civil Servant

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66 Responses to Removal of retention allowances insult to university graduates

  1. To be paid Retention allowance is a condition of service, so how can it be removed without telling eligible civil servant? Maybe conditions of service have changed. If not then there’s serious violation of the conditions of service for us civil servants.

    Retention Allowance - June 15, 2012
    20:24

  2. If I was in-charge of the Zambian Kwacha, I would pay Zambian doctors more than they are getting today. A visit to a doctor should also cost more than to a lawyer or other professionals. I hear South African doctors are today among the best paid doctors in the world and that many South African white doctors who had left South Africa are now coming back due to improved doctors ‘conditions in that country. It may be true that South Africa pays doctors better than England does.

    My son is sharp I hope he studies medicine.

    sekani - June 15, 2012
    16:52

  3. I feel sorry for pipo who talk without thinking. Has it occured to you that if our salries were decent we would not give a dam about allowances. Pls do not be mistaken, we went much time to live a good lives. I wounder what some of you are teaching yr children. For the sake of our nation I hope you are not telling yr children that it is ok not to be educated cause you can still end up being a president. Pipo who have not done much yes sometimes make it but it is very few and that is why those few are always mentioned cause they can be counted. Please let us be objective in these discussions.

    cloudia - June 15, 2012
    15:59

  4. YOU SHOULD BE TELLING YOUR UNIONS TO NEGOTIATE FOR BETTER SALARIES, AND REDUCED TAX REGIMES. ALLOWANCES LADIES AND GENTLEMEN ARE A SOURCE OF PILFERING IN THE GOVERNMENT MACHINERY. PEOPLE HAVE BECOME CORRUPT BECAUSE OF THAT ARRAY OF ALLOWANCES. YOU ALL VERY WELL KNOW JUST AS I DO, IF YOU ARE TO GET THAT ALLOWANCE THE PERSON FILLING IN THOSE FORMS AND TAKING THEM TO THE PAYING AUTHORITY WILL ALWAYS SAY, WE ARE ALSO SUFFERING HERE PREPARING YOUR PAYMENTS BUT WE GET NOTHING. SO IN THE BIT TO HASTEN YOUR PAPER WORK FLOW YOU GIVE THIS FELLOW A SMALL AMOUNT, THIS IS ALL CORRUPTION, BECAUSE THESE PEOPLE ARE PAID TO DO THAT JOB ANYWAY. YOU CAN CHANGE GOVERNMENTS, BUT NON WILL MANAGE TO PAY ALL THOSE ALLOWANCES YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT, BUT BASIC SALARY, YES FOR IT IS FOR YOUR BASIC NEEDS FOR YOUR SURVIVAL.

    NOMBA MWANTAMPA KWISA BABILI-BABILI. - June 15, 2012
    09:43

  5. Since the retention allowance and overtime allownce are silent on the pay slip, it means as professionals we ll not spend a single minute attending to a client between 13 and 14hrs. We ll also leave offices exactly at 17:00hrs and never do extra government business over weekends despite pressure especially during FISP programme implementation. Farmers may really have a tough time during the peak time.

    Jumbe - June 15, 2012
    08:39

  6. chilufya should fire psmd permanent secretary, he is the one misleading him and making PF infamous.

    shikulumakasa - June 15, 2012
    08:17

  7. @Chibru, who do you think you re???
    Most of you pipo bragging about bachelor’s degrees are not even close to what some grade 7 drop outs have archieved. You guys dont use your brains but your mouths to think, why should a president have a bachelors degree??? that discrimination at its best, how many pipo in Zambia have those qualifications??????
    Kembo iwe, just accept your been ruled by some 1 without a bach degree which you claim you have yourself, kekekeke.

    The Guys - June 15, 2012
    07:32

  8. Lets be patient,wait and see.

    Synchronizer - June 15, 2012
    05:45

  9. Ministry of health civil servants were given 100% increment. I ve a degree in Engineering and my wife a nurse is beating me now salary wise. I spent 6 years studying and she only spent 3yrs.

    Disgrunted Graduate - June 15, 2012
    05:29

  10. Good observation. worse things are coming still; yet to happen to disadvantage civil servants.
    Let it be so. If it can happen, let him even reduce salaries a more so that those who thought Sata can do anything can enjoy the suffering. Better candidates were there and you voted for a Grade 7 chap; these are the results. If he ( Sata) wants, let him stop paying civil servants so that they learn from their foolish votes they wasted on the chap. I am happy I am independent and can work and earn to survive awaiting a better leader at state house

    ABC - June 15, 2012
    03:31

  11. BANE MY ADVICE IS KULALYA EPO WIKELE BUT DONT BE CAUGHT.INE BANE NAKULYA EPONAIKALA TO COVER FOR THE SHORTFALL AND ALSO GET IMBASELA AS TOP UP.NGATAUSALAPWIKE PA ZED UKALENWA AMENSHI NINSHI TUMA DEGREE TULEBOLAFYE.IWE INE NA UKWA NIMWEBA ATI TWAKULALONGA MUMA POCKETS YESU.

    Kapwepwe - June 14, 2012
    19:35

  12. More money in the leaders pockets. Civil servants need to learn a lesson. You were too excited. See where your excitement has taken you?

    kampusa wabo - June 14, 2012
    18:36

  13. @ niwameneuyuemwine – No, I’m not an angry man and I’m actually chilled out. I’m just sad for poor people who keep being taken advantage of from president to president – with their worst news about to happen under Sata. The truth is Sata may be an action man, but being president is beyond him clearly. He is not in control and this has been clear from the beginning. I presonally have no problem, I live my life and it is not bad at all but it is only because I’m lucky and I know that when ALL the poor people have fully joined the suffering masses, poverty will start attacking even the privileged and the lucky ones like me. So I have to speak out. In a society where there is social and economic justice, suffering is minimised. But my main point I was saying is that may be the poor need to see proper suffering so that from now onwards they will know when their life is okay and when their life is bad – they won’t need to be told by a politician that they are suffering, and they will not be cheated again. So I actually like it the suffering that is going on right now and most of which is still coming unless Sata takes control of government and starts to think like a President who is responsible for the whole country not just his PF cadres and his relatives. It is NOT about tribe necessarily, but when history repeats itself people start noting patterns. And just to clarify, although you haven’t accussed me of anything like that, I’m NOT a tribalist. Infact if I was a tribalist I would be celebrating right now…I don’t know if you can decipher what I mean. Good night.

    chitapi-meno-ngwe-mutu - June 14, 2012
    18:35

  14. So much for putting money into people’s pockets!!

    Ndate Mulemwa - June 14, 2012
    16:50

  15. chitapi-meno-ngwe-mutu you are really an angry man. Cool down. Do not talk tribes. Talk issues man !

    niwameneuyuemwine - June 14, 2012
    16:34

  16. SORRY – I don’t listen to such complaints. Why didn’t you think about that before you voted for Sata? I’m sure he is still working on your money to get into your pockets. It was shameful: we had an entire population of educated, well-informed urban dwellers going to vote with that level of childish excitement as if it was child in a sweet factory. I’m sorry but I have no sympathy. These are the same civil servants who were busy singing to kick out RB and bring in Sata. Well, you have Sata now, live with it. All I have heard so far is about money going out of people’s pockets instead of entering the pockets. Fuel price is going up, maize is rotting around the country, bursaries being turned into student loans, factories closing and some even migrating to Zimbabwe leaving only warehouses for sales, and FINALLY, the $2billion dollars which MMD left in reserves is now down to $900Million in less than 10 months! – Most of that money is being used by Bank of Zambia to keep the kwacha floating. By 2013 this time all that money will be gone and the Kwacha will be down to over K6,500 per dollar and K9,500 per pound – exactly where Levy Mwanawasa found things when Chiluba left the economy in tatters. Twice Bembas have proved how dull they are..twice tried, twice failing! Each time it has had to be another tribe coming to serve the economy. So chaps like this one complaining about allowances, infact they have not been cut enough, they should be cut more. That is the only way that Zambians can think before casting the ballot in 2016. Last year, most people voted like idiots, no thinking, just jumping on the bandwagon of silly childish slogans from someone who hasn’t been to school. You can’t run an economy without education and YES leadership only works if you are educated. That is the rerason why Sata right now is CHIMBWI NO PLAN, he is completely confused he doesn’t know what do to next or where to touch. Good luck bwana and I hope you enjoy your poverty: next time you will vote for some who has gone to school. Meanwhile some more suffering to come because we haven’t even finished the first year of Sat’s 5 years in power. Muzambo kunya manzi baba.

    chitapi-meno-ngwe-mutu - June 14, 2012
    16:26