ZUFIAW expectations of the 2014 National Budget

 

File: Finance Minister Chikwanda accompanied by wife and Grandchildren arrives to present the Budget

File: Finance Minister Chikwanda accompanied by wife and Grandchildren arrives to present the Budget

ZUFIAW, a Labour movement has stated its expectations in the 2014 National Budget to be presented by Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda this Friday.

The Labour movement outlined its expectations in a statement availed to Zambian Eye today, October 8, 2013.

Below are ZUFIAW expectations :
1. The youths need to be considered in this budget as well and they need to be given tools to help them develop their knowledge and skills, in order for them to enhance their living standards. We are expecting a pro poor budget which will promote income distribution to the very poor in our country. We expect a budget that will focus on supporting initiatives and activities deliberately aimed at enhancing the living standards and income levels of the less privileged in Zambia.

2. We also anticipate a budget that will alleviate the difficulties that our workers have been facing for a long time now. The tax burden has been an issue of interest for us as a labour movement for many years. We are anxious to see how the government will broaden the tax base and include more people in the informal sector on the tax payers roll, so as to relieve the pressure or tax burden that is on workers in the formal sector.

3. Workers in this country have sacrificed a lot and they need to start seeing the fruits of their sacrifices. The budget really needs to be worker friendly as well in that the hardships that have our workers have been facing should be lessened.

4. We acknowledge and appreciate the efforts the government has made since coming to power: The minimum wage limit and the recent improvement of conditions of service for civil servants are among several positive steps that our government has taken to improve the lives of the workers and their families in Zambia. But there is need to re-examine the country’s taxation system in order for us to have a fair and equitable taxation playing field.

5. It is high time that the government ensured parity in the perks and benefits that are given to workers in this country, whether these workers are from the private or public sector, these are all workers laboring to improve our country and they should all enjoy equal benefits. We still have some workers in the private sector who still face difficulties in making ends meet because their conditions of service are still very poor. We feel government must come in and remedy this situation.

6. The budget must also provide for resources to be accessed by women in order for them to be more financially empowered and independent. We need to see a budget that gives women an opportunity to improve their lives and the lives of their loved ones. There are many female and child headed households in this country that need some form of relief from the pressures they experience on a day to day basis.

7. The youths need to be considered in this budget as well and they need to be given tools to help them develop their knowledge and skills, in order for them to enhance their living standards.

8. Being the Patriotic Front’s second budget in power, there is need for the government to present a well balanced budget that will be beneficial to all stakeholders in the country. We as a labour movement have very high hopes with regards to the forthcoming national budget, in that the government has already shown indications that they want to improve the country through the various projects and policies they have already implemented. Thus, we keenly await to see how this particular budget will be structured and presented by the Hon. Minister.

Released By,

Mr. Chingati Msiska,
ZUFIAW- General Secretary