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ZCTU urges affiliates to reject Nkandu Luo’s proposal to remove unions

General News ZCTU urges affiliates to reject Nkandu Luo's proposal to remove unions

HIGHER Education Minister, Professor Nkandu Luo greets former Chasefu Member of Parliament, Chifumu Banda, at the funeral of the late former Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Mkhondo Lungu in Lundazi
HIGHER Education Minister, Professor Nkandu Luo greets former Chasefu Member of Parliament, Chifumu Banda, at the funeral of the late former Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Mkhondo Lungu in Lundazi
THE Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has called on its affiliates to reject the proposal by Higher Education Minister Nkandu Luo to remove unions from university councils at the three public universities.

ZCTU deputy general secretary Elaston Njovu said the decision to remove the three union representatives at the public universities was wicked and should not be allowed to happen.

Mr Njovu was speaking at the official opening of the Zambia United Local Authorities Workers Union (ZULAWU) quadrennial conference in Kabwe at the weekend.

He said speaking about the injustices, including delayed payment of salaries, should not be perceived as being an enemy of the State and urged the union leaders to be united on issues affecting their employees.

“It’s sad that employers are working hard to destroy the union. At CBU (Copperbelt University) and the other two public universities, Professor Nkandu Luo has pushed a document to Cabinet which is proposing the removal of the union from the councils, meaning the three unions at CBU and UNZA will have no representation,” Mr Njovu said.

“Please, if the media are here, capture this: We want to call that kind of move as wickedness and we want to condemn it as evil, as unions. They are testing waters and next it will be you and at the end we will not have the union.”

Mr Njovu said he was at pains to understand that the unions were quiet when some employees had gone for months without pay.

He said that many ZULAWU members in various councils across the country were suffering and urged the union leaders to help them in order to help the efforts of the Government in providing services to the citizens.

Earlier, All Municipal and Public Services Workers, the union of Turkey’s Ali Riza Yilmaz, urged the union preventatives to be strong in advocating the workers’ rights.

Mr Yilmaz said the union in Turkey was strong and had continued to recruit members and that it would like to strengthen its relationship with its Zambian counterpart.

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  1. Where is the Ministry of Labour? Unionism is workers rights which the Ministry should defend. UN Charters in collaboration with governments encourage the establishment of Union representation.

    Why is this all about banning this and banning that, why do they fail to engage People and find solutions. You exist for the people. Why not dialogue with them and find solutions.

    • Why is Nkandu Luo even being entertained. The woman like Jonathan Lungu are forged occupants of their positions. Just ignore the woman and ignore Chaima. They will both go to jail.

    • Nkanda Lui, if I must be frank, has no business being in politics. She has never, I repeat, never developed any policy that contributed to the well-being of Zambians. During Chiluba’s administration she cooked up the controversial painting of mini buses and taxis in MMD colors.

      Outside of that, all her pronouncements are hollow. Between Luo and Lusambo, I would fire both of them at a drop of hat. Useless!

  2. Shouldn’t someone have vacated office by now for using pre-election violence against another candidates supporters?

  3. I think Nkandu is the kind of person who should be screened for insanity before engaging in an argument with them. She leaves a trail of garbage whenever she opens her mouth. The definition of an empty tin. Abakote ababula amano bunda bwafima wig.

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