LECTURERS at the Copper belt University (CBU) have started packing their personal belongings in case Government goes ahead to dismiss them for not reporting for work for 10 continuing days.
On Tuesday, Higher Education Minister Michael Kaingu said the CBU lecturers’ strike was illegal and Government would dismiss them if they failed to return to work before Friday.
CBU Academics Union (CBUAU) Vice-President Alex Mwango said the lecturers were ready to be fired by Dr Kaingu and had already started packing their personal belongings which included study notes, work plans, personal research materials and all the personal books which they have been using for a long time.
“The Minister said if we do not report for work by Friday (today), then we will automatically discharge ourselves. We will not report for work and we are ready to be fired. We are ready to be fired and we have started preparing ourselves to receive the discharge letters from Dr Kaingu.
He said it would be appreciated if lecturers and the CBU parted company amicably by Government ensuring that it paid all the terminal benefits for the lecturers in full.
Mr Mwango said benefits for the lecturers should be paid in full without any dialogue because time for dialogue was already over.
“We tried to dialogue, but nothing came out of dialogue and we think we should part with CBU amicably, but our benefits should be paid in full. We are not craving to meet with the republican President Edgar Lungu when he comes to Kitwe, but if he wants to meet us, we will meet him because of the respect we have for him,” he said.
On Wednesday, during a press briefing, the lecturers vowed not to work under Vice-chancellor Professor Naison Ngoma because his management was allegedly not academically focused.