SESTUZ ENGAGES GOVT ON PAY RISE FOLLOWING HIKE IN ELECTRICITY TARIFFS FOR DOMESTIC CONSUMERS

BY OSCAR NKHUWA

The Secondary Schools Teachers Union of Zambia (SESTUZ) has assured its members countrywide of its commitment towards the collective bargaining process following the approval to hike electricity tariffs by 75 percent.

SESTUZ  Deputy  Secretary  General  for  Administration  Emmanuel  Zulu  says negotiations  for  a corresponding  wage increase to  counter  the expected  rise in prices  of  goods  and  services following the hike in electricity tariffs are  under way and  has appealed  to  government to seriously  address  the matter.

And Mr  Zulu has insisted that a much more  drawn  out   approach  should  have  been  adopted  unlike  the sudden  50  percent  increase  which came into effect this week.

The Energy Regulation Board -ERB-last week approved the electricity tariff adjustment for ZESCO retail customers by 75 percent.

The adjustment will be effected in two phases of 50 percent which came into effect on May 15th, 2017 and a further 25 percent will be effective on September 1st, 2017.

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