Blantyre District Council plans to formulate its own terms and conditions of service to attract and retain its staff.
In an interview, the council’s director of administration Hastings Dowe said once the terms and conditions become operational, staff will be motivated to work hard in implementing the council’s plans.
He said the conditions of service will ensure fairness and consistency in handling human resource issues.
He said: “Sections 25 and 26 of the Local Government Act (2010) expresses desire for government to ensure that the appropriate terms and conditions in councils are formulated and implemented so that they attract and retain the right quality and quantity of staff capable of implementing the council’s plans and programmes.”
Dowe said the terms and conditions will enhance common understanding and uniform application of employee’s policies, organisational structures and promote harmonious relationship between management and staff.
In a separate interview, the council’s transport officer Charles Mphepo said the terms and conditions of service will contribute to smooth operations of his daily work.
“We will have a document that will guide us before making any decision concerning human resources. We thank our mother ministry for supporting the process,” he said.
Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development was mandated to implement devolution of human resource in district councils as part of reforms in the on-going public service reform programme under the Office of the President and Cabinet.