THE Judicial and Allied Workers Union of Zambia has alerted all unionised employees in the judiciary, health sector and the teaching service not to join the current mushrooming splinter unions in the public sector.
According to a press statement issued in Lusaka by the national executive committee of the Judicial and Allied Workers Union of Zambia (JAWUZ), there was a scheme to bring divisions among the workers in the said sectors by way of creating four other unions in the public sector.
We warn the judiciary workers not to join the newly formed National Union for Judicial Workers as it is part of a scheme to bring divisions among the workers in the said sectors by way of creating four other unions in the public sector. Their sponsors are well known and no wonder they are using illegal worker recruitment with impunity but like a bush fire,
read the statement.
It stated that schisms in the unions were part of a ruse to weaken the present unity demonstrated by the public sector trade unions in their common stance taken against the current social and economic hardships of the workers.
“In the judiciary, the motive for the registration of the National Union for Judicial Workers is not only to frustrate leadership of JAWUZ but more so, it is a scheme intended to frustrate the crusade for the autonomy of the judiciary,” read the statement.
In this regard, we want to issue a timely warning to all workers that the formation of these splinter unions, especially by workers who have served in various union structures, is not an answer to the present social and economic hardships workers in these sectors are subjected to but only unity of purpose of workers is critical in this current situation of our country.
The press statement called for judiciary workers countrywide and other unionised workers in the targeted sectors to reject workers sponsored against the crusade of the autonomy of the judiciary and weakening of the labour unions in Zambia.
The press statement was signed by JAWUZ president Peter Mwale and Union general secretary Vincent Makondo.