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CB workers down tools, demand January pay

THE Copperbelt University Academic Unions have informed management that they will not be available for work today due to delayed January 2019 salaries.

This is according to a statement issued by Copperbelt University Senior Administrative, Professional and Technical Staff Union (CUSATSU), Copperbelt University Academics Union (CBUAU), Copperbelt University and Allied Workers Union (CBUAWU) addressed to CBU registrar and copied to the Vice Chancellor.

“This serves to inform your office that our members won’t be available for work starting Monday 4th February 2019 as they will be engaged in other means to meet their daily needs until the Copperbelt University pays
their delayed 2019 January salaries. Our members have been patient and have continued reporting for work after 28th of January without being paid their 2019 January salaries,” the unions stated.

“This scenario cannot be tolerated as our members do not have means of coming to work and need to find other means to fend for their families. Be reminded also that the Employment Act cap 268 of the Laws of Zambia section 48(1) in reference to payment of wages to employees provides that ‘the wages of an employee shall be due (a) on the last day of each month or (f) in accordance with the terms of the contract of service’. In the case of the Copperbelt University employees’ wages are to be paid on the 28th of each month unless with agreement to the contrary by the affected employee or employees.”

The unions stated that they felt management was not following the provisions of the law.

“The same Act at section 48 (2) provides that ‘the wages of an employee SHALL be paid at regular intervals not being later than the fifth day following the date upon which they fall due under subsection (1). It is therefore, mandatory on the Copperbelt University to pay every employee, whether unionised or in
management, not later than 5 days after the 28th of every month,” they stated.
“Therefore, this law gives employees an option to agree to continue working without pay or withdraw labour to go and look for other means to meet his/her daily needs until the employer pays the due wages. We look forward to your urgent resolution of this matter.”

The notice dated February 1, 2019 was jointly issued by CUSATUS general secretary Lukanga Kapeshi, CBUAU general secretary Willie Ngosa and CBUAWU general secretary Fernando Fulwe.

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