The three unions are Copperbelt University and Allied Workers Union (CBUAWU), Copperbelt University Senior Administrative and Technical Staff Union (CUSATSU) and Copperbelt University Academics Union (CBUAU)
According to a joint statement, the Unionised Workers said manoeuvres to silence them as a way of keeping Prof. Naison Ngoma as vice chancellor of Copperbelt University will not work.
They have charged that Prof. Naison Ngoma has failed to manage the institution and manoeuvres to arrest union leaders are ill conceived and risk worsening the situation at the Copperbelt University.
“We would like to categorically state that locking up union leaders will not solve the problems at CBU. As workers, we will still remain resolute regarding our call for Prof. Naison Ngoma to leave office because he has failed to manage the institution.
“Even if the union leadership is arrested, it must be known that the resolution to pass the vote of no confidence in the vice chancellor is an irreversible collective resolve of all the workers from CBU,” the statement read in part.
They add, “the nation must know that we, as workers, do not hate Prof. Naison Ngoma as a person. We just don’t have confidence in his leadership anymore because he has failed to run the institution properly. As workers, we have a responsibility to ensure that the institution is run effectively and efficiently.”
The Unionised workers are now inviting the public to take time off their busy schedule and visit the Copperbelt University to appreciate the challenges the University is grappling with.
“Come and see for the pathetic status of the learning and working environment at CBU because your children who are students are exposed to a very pathetic learning environment as if they do not pay huge sums of monies in tuition fees. The issues we have been raising are true and not baseless.”
CBU is faced with a management crisis as workers continue to demand the dissolution of the current management team under Prof. Ngoma.