‘Strike’ looms at UNZA

The University of Zambia management has been given a one week ultimatum to revise its disparities in percentage increase in salaries or face industrial action, both the University of Zambia Professional Staff Union (UNZAPROSU) and University of Zambia Allied Workers Union (UNZAAWU) have confirmed.

UNZAPROSU General Secretary Frank Lungu confirmed that UNZA management had awarded the University of Zambia Lecturers and Researchers Union (UNZALARU) 10 percent salary increment and only five percent to UNZAPROSU and UNZAAWU.

Mr. Lungu said the two unions (UNZAPROSU) and UNZAAWU)  were unhappy with the decision and have since written to management demanding that the decision be revised before January 10, 2016, to give both unions a an equal and better package.

“The situation is that the two unions have written to management, expressing our displeasure over what management has done by awarding UNZALARU a 10 percent increment and just five percent to the other two unions.

“We wrote to management on Monday and in our correspondence , we indicated that this should be corrected by 10th January, 2016,” Mr. Lungu said.

He observed that since Monday there has been panic among workers from the two unions on whether to go on a go slow or not.

Mr. Lungu however, disclosed the unions met with management yesterday and management assured that it would address the issue within the given deadline.

“When we met workers yesterday, there was a view that we immediately go on a go slow, so when we met management today, they pleaded that we should not go on a go slow because they are working towards the deadline that we gave them,” he said.

Mr Lungu said for now workers were working, but warned that if management failed to fulfil its promise, workers would be left with no choice, but to go on a go slow.

“They are saying that they have put up documents to the UNZA council and the council will be meeting soon to approve the position, so it is not entirely true that workers have backed down or are not going to go on a go slow.

“The general position for now is that we are just giving management to do its work, we hope that something positive will come out,” he said.

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