COUNCIL workers are likely to go on strike today for non-payment of the November salaries, says a union.
In an interview yesterday, Fire Services Union of Zambia general secretary Clement Mulenga disclosed that even if some councils manage to pay their workers the November salaries, those who would be paid will still strike in solidarity with the others not yet paid.
“If tomorrow (Wednesday) the government does not pay council workers their salaries, a strike action will be instituted. The government has not released the actualisation funds to councils and workers fear that they will not be paid even the December salaries,” he said.
“The government has not released the funds for December 2017, November 2018 and also this month, December, and as a result most councils are in three to two months’ salary arrears. We, as a fire services union, have engaged the relevant government officials in order to find a solution but it seems nothing is coming forth from them.”
Mulenga said workers feel the government had neglected them.
He said 98 per cent of councils were in salary arrears.
Asked if the strike action would be countrywide, Mulenga answered in the affirmative.
“The strike action will be countrywide, but in an event that some councils pay their workers the November salaries, all the council workers have agreed to down tools on solidarity with the others and will not also work,” said Mulenga.
Efforts to get a comment from local government permanent secretary Amos Malupenga yesterday proved futile as his mobile went unanswered.