We, as the Green Party, are extremely disappointed with the manner in which Information Minister Chishimba Kambwili has handled the employer-employee relationships at ZNBC in the last week which resulted in the suspension of a union leader Martin Maseka. Since the root cause of the disturbance specifically relates to collective bargaining, industrial relations, and social security laws, we would like to appeal to Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda to immediately intervene and resolve the impasse.
Further, we urge government to immediately suspend the Director General Richard Mwanza so as to facilitate investigations of alleged abrogation of the collective agreement and misappropriation of monies.If the PF government is serious with fighting corruption and promoting good governance and transparency in public institutions. Furthermore, we urge the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and Anti-Money Laundering Unit of the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) to move in and investigate alleged misappropriation of workers’ pension funds by ZNBC Management.
We believe that the workers have a cause to protest since management decided to unilaterally delete or remove some of the conditions of service from the collective agreement. If proven, this constitutes a grave breach of labour laws. Instead of intimidating and persecuting the workers, it is therefore imperative that Government lends them an ear. In a democracy a government should be sensitive to workers distresses.
Secondly, the workers allege that management has not accounted for the monies deducted from earning to pay Zambia National Building Society, which has resulted into some employees facing legal action. This is a very serious corruption and money-laundering allegation which warrants prompt proactive investigations by ACC and DEC. We hope that the two institutions have already moved in to investigate the allegations.
Green Party of Zambia