UNIONIZED members of staff at Barclays Bank of Zambia (BBZ) must continue to work normally and leave the management and union to discuss the alleged bank’s exit of African operations, says Zambia Union of Financial Institutions and Allied Workers (ZUFIAW) General Secretary Chingati Msiska.
He said in a statement yesterday that his members should remain calm and continue to work normally as the union and management discussed the issues thoroughly.
Mr Msiska reiterated that stakeholder’s interests of both management and workers would be protected and that disrupting operations at the financial institution was not in the best interest of either party but that the best option was dialogue.
“We would like to encourage all stakeholders that the interest of both management and workers shall be protected, given that there are labour laws in the country which guide on how to handle these issues. The Memorandum of recognition and the Collective agreement which we have with the institution shall also guide us on how to handle any redundancy and separation packages when the need arises,” he said.
Mr Msiska assured the affected workers not to panic as ZUFIAW would ensure that its members were protected.
He expressed happiness that management at the institution had shown seriousness by engaging its local leadership at branch level over the issue and that ZUFIAW would have a meeting with management to discuss the fate of its members.
Mr Msiska said labour laws in Zambia stated that the contract of service of an employee shall be deemed to have been terminated by reason of redundancy, if the termination is wholly or partly because of the employer ceasing or intending to cease to carry on the business by virtue of which the employee was engaged.
“The employer shall provide notice of not less than 30 days to the representative of the employee on the impending redundancies and inform the representative on the number of employees to be affected and the period within which the termination is intended to be carried out.
“BBZ management has shown commitment towards following the legal guidelines in this process and we are confident that our members’ rights shall be protected”, he said.