Wednesday, May 22, 2024

KIFCO workers on go slow

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Unionized Workers at Kabwe Industrial Fabrics Company, KIFCO, have downed tools demanding payment of outstanding salary arrears and gratuities.

But KIFCO Chief Operations Officer Chabala Mutuna said the work stoppage at the company will affect negatively on the nation’s economy as his firm will not operate on full capacity during the sitting period.

National Union Commercial and Industry Workers ( NUCIW ) Chairperson John Benedict Kalulu says that the workers have decided to go for a sitting protest for non-payment of salaries and gratuities.

Mr Kalulu said the board and Union executive sat in March this year in Lusaka where an agreement to paying 50 percent of the total individual salaries arrears by Friday 4th 2013, but three weeks down the line the agreement has not been honoured.

He said the workers vowed not to return for work until their demands were addressed by the board.

He further said that during this period of non-payment of salaries, workers have been subjected to many sufferings such as; hunger, eviction from rented houses, non-payment of children school, and marriage breakages, to mention but a few.

Mr Kalulu however, said that the company implemented the government pronounced minimum wage policy, adding that the working conditions and other personnel emolument such as housing and transport allowances were concluded and included in the said arrears.

But KIFCO Chief Operations Officer Chabala Mutuna said the work stoppage at the company will affect negatively on the nation’s economy as his firm will not operate on full capacity during the sitting period.

Mr. Mutuna said when contacted to comment on the matter that the work stoppage by the workers was going to affect the cooperating partners
especially that this was the period for farmers’ and other stakeholders’ purchasing grain bags.

KIFCO is a supplier and Manufacturer of Polypropylene woven bags, Polyethylene plastic bags, Jute bags, Wool packs, Potato pockets, Poly and Jute twines, Black sheeting plastic sachets for seedlings & young trees, among others has approximately 160 workers on contract.

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