Exploit the incentives offered by the union – ZUGAW

By Staff Reporter

Zambia Union of Government and Allied Workers (ZUGAW) has called on its members to seize the many incentives being offered to them.

And Kalabo District Commissioner Fridah Luhila says President Edgar Lungu is committed to improving the quality of lives of government workers and their families.

ZUGAW Western Province executive committee chairman, Poniso Mbangweta, said the union offered student incentives such as tuition fees and book allowances to members who undertake studies in colleges and universities of their choice.

Speaking when the provincial committee paid a courtesy call on Luhila, Mbangweta said the union also renders affordable loans both to members and non-members.

He disclosed that other incentives include medical, funeral and baby hampers which are offered to members when need arise.

And Luhila thanked Zambia Union of Government and Allied Workers for keeping up the spirit of unionism.

She however urged the union to offer loans to its members so that they could spur economic diversification by venturing into businesses and enterprise development as sustainable ways of supplementing their salary incomes.

She said government was promoting mutual partnership with unions in a bid to enhance the welfare of employees.

The entourage was in Kalabo District for information sharing and recruitment of members.

And speaking during a series of interface meetings, members implored the Union to be concerned about late payment of civil servants’ monthly salaries.

The membership further appealed to the union to consider buying off loans obtained by members from financial lending institutions so their repayment burden is cushioned.

Members added that there is need for the union leaders to continue offering legal representation to those in need of the service and lobby for enhanced conditions of service.