Civil Society Organizations have opposed attempts by the Patriotic Front government's attempts to reform the Public Service Pension scheme.
Government is planning to change the payment of retired civil servants a lumpsome pay at the end of their working career and breakdown their package into monthly instalments but the labour unions and civil society have spoken strongly against the proposed changes.
Speaking on behalf of the CSOs rights activist Guess Nyirenda said the move would disadvantage the pensioners.
"Why does government want to change? Who have they consulted? In whose interest are they doing this? We all know now that they have run out of money due to their extravagance and they cannot find money to meet many pending statutory obligations," he said.
"The labour unions who are the custodians of workers' interests have spoken against these changes. So why is government adamant on the matter? We join the ZCTU and the other well meaning organizations in opposing the move by government."
"Now we are going to have more people dying before they get their dues," he said.
Government has been angling in on the labour market having also proposed to raise the retirement age from 55 to 65 years in a country where the life expectancy is pegged at 37 years.