L/stone council workers strike

Livingstone, Zambia July 2013 Pre-UNWTO in Pictures

UNIONISED workers at Livingstone City Council have downed tools pressing for payment of two months salary arrears.

The workers, who are members of the Zambia United Local Authorities Workers Union (ZULAWU), were yesterday found just milling around at the civic centre.

On Monday, the unionised workers held a general meeting where they agreed to stage a boycott for the non-payment of August and September salaries.

ZULAWU Livingstone branch chairperson Kaluba Masese said the workers had given the council and Government enough time to look into their plight but nothing seemed to have worked, hence the boycott.

“Last week, we made an appeal to management and Government to pay us our two months salary arrears but it seems our message has not been heard because nothing seems to have happened. So we have decided that we are going ahead with the strike tomorrow,” Mr Masese said.

He said the workers had also demanded that Town Clerk Vivian Chikoti addresses them on issues that include alleged financial irregularities at the institution.

On Monday, Ms Chikoti and Livingstone Deputy Mayor Mathews Jere pleaded with unionised employees not to go ahead with the protest as management was still waiting for response from the Government.