UNZA Council denies owing lecturers K4.5m in unremitted contributions

THE University of Zambia Council has denied owing UNAZALARU more than 4.5 million as arrears for unremitted union contributions.

The University of Zambia Council however admitted deducting money from its employees’ monthly union contributions but said it would subject the University of Zambia, Lecturers and Researchers Union to strict proof in regards to what was owed to it.

In this case, UNZALARU has sued the University of Zambia Council demanding payment of K4.5 million as arrears of unremitted union contributions.

UNZALARU secretary general Dr Kelvin Mambwe, who has sued the university counsel on behalf the union, stated in his statement of claim that on March 23,1993, it entered into a recognition agreement with the University of Zambia Council and it was entrusted with the role of collecting union contributions on behalf of the union from its members by deducting the said funds direct from their salaries.

Dr Mambwe said that the council had been deducting money from UNZALARU’s members’ monthly union contribution fees but not remitting the said funds to the union.

He said that in consequence, the council now owes the union K4,505,587.52 being arrears of unremitted union contributions despite the said funds having already been deducted from union members .

“The plaintiff will aver that it depends on the contributions from its members for its activities and programmes and hence the defendant’s failure to remit the funds despite having deducted them has negatively affected the operations of the plaintiff,” Dr Mambwe said.

He stated that despite making several reminders to the council, the K4,505,587.52 still remains owing and the defendant has not made any efforts to settle the outstanding amount.

“As a direct consequence of the foregoing, UNZALARU has suffered inconvenience,” Dr Mambwe said.

But in defence, the University of Zambia Council conceded that it entered into a recognition agreement with the union in March 23, 1993.

The University of Zambia Council admitted deducting monthly union contributions from its employees and that it would put the union to strict proof over its claims.

” Save in so far as the same consists of admissions, the defendant denies each and every allegation contained in the statement of claim as if the same were set out herein and traversed seriatim,” it stated.

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