Politics

Council Workers Declare National Strike

The Zambia United Local Authorities Workers Union (ZULAWU) has threatened to down tools to press government through the Ministry of Local government to pay them their salary arrears.

And the Union has disclosed that 64 councils countrywide have confirmed joining in the withdrawal of labour should government to continue to play politics over their salary arrears.

ZULAWU President Kingsley Zulu has demanded that the Ministry of Local Government releases the Equalization Fund for the months December, 2017, August, 2019 and September, 2019 to allow for the payment of salaries to Council workers in all affected local authorities.

“The allocation of the Local Government Equalization Fund be prioritized to avoid late payment of salaries to council employees and that a centralized payroll system be implemented,” Zulu stated.

He has further asked other council whose salary arrears are beyond 3 months to step efforts to maximize local revenue collections and dismantle the arrears.

“Due to the non-payment of salaries we uphold the resolutions made by our members in withdrawing labour and that workers will only resume work upon the clearance of the unpaid salaries,” Zulu added.

He said the Union had high expectations that having communicated to government on the resolutions made by members, government was going to give a favourable response.

“Despite numerous engagements and pleas from the Union, the funding has continued to be delayed and this has prompted our members to resolve to go on a sitting protest due to the non-payment of salaries,” he stated.

13 Comments

  1. ndeloleshafye

    No pressure, we don’t even know what type of work council workers perform. Maybe someone can enlighten me on that.

    • Vbm

      These guys do Nöthing. They are lazy. I wonder if we shall not be hit by cholera even this time. You are right my dear. Stay blessed

  2. Louis Ls Seemani

    Sad omen indeed. Well, one may wander why these government entities struggle to sustain their operations. Just for a moment, from what l know, previously, owned several lucrative infrastructures, which were taken away from them, leaving them in limbo. As though this wasn’t enough to the grabber, one of the few remaining source of revenue, the bus stations, again, they lost it in day light maneuvers, leaving them with almost nothing to lean on. Hence, the current status. To start any business after loosing huge number of sources of revenue, is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Simple, mathematics, give councils back their bus stations, as at now, as they ponder other survival endeavors. This is my opinion, as a citizen of Zambia.

  3. Pela

    I conquer with Ndolesha fey! Councils manpower should be reduced and only remain with Labour which can be utilised. When you go to councils, all you find are empty offices including the Town Clerk’s office. This is wasting country resources on unproductive labour!

  4. Musakanya

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    Anyway, katwishi! Pantu ine nshaishiba ukubombela ba city council. Babombela kwisa! Ukupoka abantu tomato mu street. Give them proper jobs that we can all see. Cabbage collection is a perfect example

  5. Winnipeg Nyirongo

    Please, please, please Local government may you be kind remorseful to these poor council workers. These people are suffering day in and day out. If Council workers are suffering like this what more those people who are working for private Companies!!!!! What is happening in this Government of the day???? Please help these people!!!! Thanks

  6. musa Sikombe

    55yrs of independence still council workers can’t get paid without going on strike ! give back markets and bus stations to councils so that revenue is collected freely without intimidation.

  7. Chief Mumbo

    Please close council.

  8. One love

    Politicians we shouldn’t come with our on thoughts when coming in power let’s try to follow wat was documented by Zambian lows will spoil the nation .And my fellow Zambian let us come with big voice when we notice bad situation to our rulers ,this system of waiting until somebody is out of power will one day will cry brood ,say no on bad command say yes on right command fear will take us no where.

  9. lesson

    Comment Democratic Party (DP) president Harry Kalaba says cadres under the PF leadership have held the three arms of government hostage.
    And Kalaba says it is his hope that when President Edgar Lungu meets with Zesco managing director Victor Mundende, it is not just for wine or whiskey but to discuss ways of making the power utility company viable.
    Meanwhile, Kalaba says once he is elected President, married civil servants will not be separated by being posted to different towns.
    Speaking at a press briefing in Lusaka, Thursday, Kalaba said cadres had become too powerful.
    “Cadres have held all the three arms of government hostage. Today, the Judiciary can no longer perform their jobs without receiving insults and threats of resignation from cadres. The Legislature can no longer and independently make a position in line with the demands of the electorates without threats from cadres. The Executive is equally scared of cadres. Police can no longer perform their functions as cadres have been sanctioned to be above the law. The bus stops and the markets built with government resources are now owned and managed by cadres. We are not going to walk the path of the PF and the UPND. Both the PF and the UPND have destroyed our beloved country. Let us not lose our fundamentals for a K50, for a pack of Shake-Shake or Junta. Ulubuli fiko (fighting is dirty),” Kalaba said.
    Kalaba said President Lungu and Mundende must not only be meeting for wine and whiskey.
    “Our country is facing the worst energy crisis of all time. The failure by both the Ministry of Energy and Zesco to enhance and diversify energy production is not a reason to blame climate change. I can only hope that when the President meets with the MD for Zesco, they will not just socialize and have wine together or have whiskey together but they will begin looking at how they can diversify and invest and ensure that Zesco becomes viable and that the energy sector is introspected and interrogated thoroughly as opposed to what is obtaining now. The Zesco payroll is full of people that have nothing to do with Zesco. The PF is doing everything possible to prolong their stay in power,” he said.
    He also accused the PF of distributing 50,000 blank NRCs in all the provinces perceived as their strongholds in a bid to rig the 2021 elections.
    “As a desperate regime, it is, which has nothing to offer you, the PF leadership is resolved to rigging the 2021 including through distribution of 50, 000 blank National Registration Cards (NRCs) in each province they consider their stronghold. And they are distributing 10, 000 blank NRCs in provinces where the opposition are considered strong. As we speak today, there is mobile registration going on in Luapula, Muchinga, Coppebelt, Northern Province and parts of Central Province because according to the PF, those are their strongholds. And when you go to the National Registration office and you ask who is paying monies for those people, they don’t know who is paying because they have not been funded, but mobile registration is going on. So they are doing that to perpetuate their stay in power,” Kalaba charged.
    Meanwhile, Kalaba promised to put an end to deployment of married civil servants to different provinces.
    “If there are people who are suffering in this country, it is the teachers. The government doesn’t feel for the teachers. The other day I was in Mazabuka and I was saying look at the way the teachers have been separated, there are very few families today as we speak where you find that the teachers are together. More often than not you find that the husband is working in Chinsali and the wife is in Kitwe. You find that the wife is a nurse and the husband is a civil servant in agriculture. The husband is in Lusaka and the wife who is a nurse is in Mulilansolo in Shiwang’andu. When we come to power as government, we have said we are doing to stop this nonsense of separating couples not only in the education sector but in all the sectors,” said Kalaba.

  10. One love

    For example chiluba soled houses companies but us Zambians we were dwii watching when he was out of power we started wafolling cowered Zambians .Even your father you have right to control him on other situations its normal.

  11. Fisunge

    Mwebantu local government is the government on its own it should have been making the payment on its own even the houses were sold were more revenue was coming from they could have merged with napsa,NHA, got a loan and built more houses and start renting them out like they used to do and workers were paid every month that’s so infact they can choose land just for themselves

  12. Yaya Bhamjee

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    Give Ceaser what belongs to Ceaser. If you say council workers don’t do any work then you are not doing your work as a citizenry by wasting your time to go and elect councillors, mayors and council chairpersons.

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