Nurses scold ‘more money’ MPs

The Zambia Union of Nurses Organisation (ZUNO) is disappointed with members of Parliament (MP’s) demand to have their emoluments increased when there is a national wage freeze in place.

ZUNO president Thom Yung’ana said it was shocking that the MPs were demanding a pay rise when they were the ones who unanimously voted for a national wage freeze during the 2014 national budget debate.

Mr Yung’ana said Zambia should embrace the culture of distributing national resources equitably and not creating artificial social strata that were subject to different codes of conduct.

He said all Zambians should live by the same rules and laws because the decisions made by Parliament should be for the benefit of every national regardless of their social status.

Mr Yung’ana said MPs had voted for the 2014 national budget that imposed a wage freeze for two years and a moratorium on net recruitment for civil servants for one year.

He said MPs should be seen to live by their collective decision.

Mr Yung’ana said memories were still fresh on how over 500 nurses, midwives and other paramedical personnel were dismissed last year for demanding for increased salaries and better conditions of service.

“We would like to register our utmost disappointment with demands by our members of Parliament who want their emoluments increased in the midst of a wage free for civil servants. One would have expected the honourable MPs to strategise on how the common worker would survive with the ever escalating cost of living.

“We call on our MPs to exercise great restraint in their moral values as their demands may be construed as bordering on greed,” he said.

Mr Yung’ana said proposals for wage increments should be approached cautiously as it had the potential of raising unnecessary conflicts within the country if seen that some sections of society were benefitting more from the national cake than the rest.

He called on all well meaning Zambians and civil society organisations to vehemently oppose the ill-intended motion by the MPs.

Mr Yung’ana said yielding to the MP’s demands would defeat the purpose of the collective moral principles of good governance.