Kabwe Municipal Council (KMC) workers yesterday morning staged a protest demanding to be paid their over four month’s unpaid arrears.
A ZANIS News crew that rushed to the Civic Centre found the council workers in somber mood displaying some placards complaining that they have not been paid their salaries for the past four months.
Zambia United Local Authorities Workers Union (ZULAWU) Kabwe branch Chairperson, Ronald Kapinga, said the employees at the municipality have not been paid their salaries for four months.
Mr Kapinga said the workers have decided to hold a peaceful demonstration to convey their message to government for the non-payment of their salary arrears.
He explained that the workers have decided to protest in order to air their grievances for nonpayment of salaries for four months for all employees.
And one of the employees who spoke on condition of anonymity complained that because of the nonpayment of salaries, council workers are going for days without food while they risk being evicted as they cannot pay rentals.
The grieving employee lamented that council employees are failing to meet the cost of basic needs such as paying utility bills and sending children to school among others.
He alleged that the council makes a lot of money from the sale of plots and wondered where the money raised from premiums and other ventures go.
Meanwhile, Kabwe Municipal Council (KMC) Assistant Public Relations Manager, Waluka Mwaekwa, said all the management personnel staff are working normally at the municipality.
Ms Waluka who refused to disclose the wage bill and unpaid arrears to the media has since urged the workers to go back to work.
She appealed for patience among the workers and allow management to address their grievances in an amicable manner.