Nchelenge District Council employees in Luapula Province have gone for eight months without pay.
And Nchelenge District Council management has promised to end the salaries drought at the Local Authority.
Zambia Local Authority Workers Union (ZULAWU) Nchelenge branch chairperson Tight Chilima confirmed the development in an interview with ZANIS this morning.
Mr Chilima said all workers on fixed and permanent conditions of service including Principal Officers at the council have not been paid their salaries since November last year.
He said efforts by the Union to engage the Council Management to look at the plight of the workers have always ended in futility and accused the Council Secretary (CS) Mwilu Lukwesa of being defiant and non committal.
And Mr Chilima said Mr Lukwesa was last Friday at pains to convince the angry employees who demanded for an audience with the management over the non payment of their salary arrears.
He said the CS stormed out of the meeting held at the council chamber in anger when workers rejected his explanation that the council was not able to pay its employees timely because of other service delivery demands and the small revenue base.
However, Mr Chilima said the management at the council later met the workers and promised them that they will soon be paid their salary arrears.
Meanwhile Mr Chilima said he is happy that the Council Management has pledged to enhance the pay roll management system and prioritise remuneration of workers.
Efforts to get comment from the Council Secretary Mwilu Lukwesa proved futile as he was reported to be away in Kasama.