Work has resumed at the Office of Director of Public Procurement (ODPP) after staff ended their month-long strike which paralysed the public procurement overseer.
The staff and government reached a compromise on Tuesday when secretary for Human Resource Management and Development Sam Madula wrote ODPP director Dye Mawindo, informing him of a total salary restructuring at the ODPP.
But government has rebuffed ODPP staff on their earlier demands to be given an accumulated 146 percent salary increase.
â€œI am pleased to inform you that government has approved the restructuring of salaries for the Office of Director of Public Procurement staff with effect from July 1 2012. The salary restructuring is over and above the revision which was announced in my earlier letter. These salaries will attract no arrears as claimed in your letter to the OPC,â€ wrote Madula on October 8 2012.
In an interview on Wednesday, representative of the striking staff Clement Banda said ODPP staff are satisfied with the compromise.
â€œAccording to the structure, this means about 40 percent increases across the board. Staff is satisfied with the restructuring,â€ he said.
In an earlier interview, Mawindo acknowledged that the strike had paralysed public procurement.