NHA workers want top management removed
WORKERS at National Housing Authority (NHA) in Lusaka yesterday downed tools demanding, among other things, the dissolution of the board and removal of top management officials for allegedly “bringing problems” to the organisation.
According to NHA union branch chairperson, Oscar Mwananyanda, the main cause of the work-stoppage was to push management to pay the workers their commutation of leave days. This was to enable them attend to some of their children’s school requirements as the current education allowance was inadequate.
Mr Mwananyanda said the education allowance for those with children in Grade One to Four, was K500,000 a term while those in Grade Five to Ten was pegged at K550,000. Workers on one year contractual employment got K225,000 a term.
“The entire management has failed to run NHA because they have continued to give us reasons that the company has no money every time we ask for our entitlements.
“They have bought carpets and new furniture (for the company) but they are failing to pay us our meagre commutation despite approving them,” he said.
The workers were demanding that the chief executive officer Elias Mpondela, human resources manager and director of finance, among other senior staff, be investigated for allegedly “bringing problems at the organisation”.
Mr Mwananyanda cited, among other problems, the alleged unnecessary trips abroad by senior management staff using company funds.
Their other complaint was that employees were being denied salary advances when faced with problems.The workers accused management of non-remittance of Pay-As-You-Earn to the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) as well as contributions to the National Pensions Scheme Authority (NAPSA) even after making deductions from workers salaries.
However, a check at the NHA offices in the afternoon showed that workers had called off their work protest.
NHA corporate affairs manager, Bwalya Makasa, said workers had resumed duties.
Ms assured the workers that they would be paid their leave commutation, but expressed surprise that even non- unionised had decided to protest.
She said management was scheduled to hold a meeting with the new workers union leadership to look into their concerns.
[Times of Zambia]