UNZA lecturers on go slow
By Staff Reporter
The University of Zambia Lecturers and Researchers Union (UNZALARU) have resolved to go slow until management meet its contractual obligations to its members.
According to a statement released by UNZALARU publicity secretary Moffat Moyo, the UNZA dons resolved during a meeting held on Tuesday to go slow following several unresolved issues, which include the commencement of negotiations for the 2018 salary increments.
“With the above in mind, the union has decided to go slow until all of the following are met: payment of contractual obligation dating as far back as 2010 begins, negotiation for the year 2018, which is almost ending, commence, and the tool for promotions that was earlier developed instead of the current one that has been falsified by management,” Moyo stated.
“As the public might be aware, staff are owed contractual obligations dating to as far back as December 2010. This has been a subject of discussion with both Government and Management but there has not been any tangible agreement on it. We have even learnt that there are plans to circumvent the policy on the payment of the said monies which is very sad”.
He said since January 2018, the union had been making attempts to begin negotiations for conditions of service for 2018 and management had not been forthcoming.
Moyo said the Union was recently informed that Government had instructed management to begin negotiations for fringe benefits and not the salary, which is against the contractual obligations.
“It seems there is a scheme to deny staff a salary increment which is not only overdue and has already lost value but also needed at a time of the worst form of hardships experienced by all Zambians through increased taxes and many other ways of spending on what we cannot even count,” he stated.
UNZALARU has also accused management of deliberately preventing eligible staff from getting promoted for fear of an increased wage bill.
“It has gone as far as tempering with the tool that was approved by the University Council so that they prevent staff from getting promoted. Management is even guilty of making changes the moment it is noticed that a certain number of people qualify for promotion. As much as it is known by staff that this is a way of escaping the responsibility of paying for promoted staff, it remains embarrassing because this is happening in a University where staff work very hard to conduct research were no research funds are provided,” Moyo stated.
He stated that the University of Zambia lecturers were working in an environment that was not academically viable but were doing the best to provide the nation with the best academic services.