CBU workers continue their sit-in

The Copperbelt University (CBU)
The Copperbelt University (CBU)

The sit-in protest by unionized workers at the Copperbelt University CBU has entered day four.

Lecturers and other staff at the institution have vowed not to return to work until management pays them their delayed August salaries.

Meanwhile tension is rising at CBU with threatening to take to the streets.

Spokesperson for the CBU unionized workers Elastone Njovu has threatened that the sit-in protest might turn into a strike.

Mr. Njovu says despite several assurances by management that salaries will be paid to workers, nothing is materializing.


And Copperbelt University Students Union COBUSU Acting President Gerald Chiluba say students will tomorrow take to the streets if the sit in protest continues.

Mr. Chiluba fears that the academic calendar at the varsity risks being disturbed if workers continue with their boycott.

And Ministry of Education spokesperson Hillary Chipango says CBU management and Government are addressing the problem.

Mr. Chipango says a joint comprehensive statement over the matter will be issued today.


On Monday Government released funds to pay salaries for CBU staff.

However, unionized staff at the institution have told Znbc News that the funds are inadequate.

Government gives CBU a monthly grant of 5 million kwacha to go towards salaries.

CBU has over 8 hundred workers with a monthly wage bill of over 13 million kwacha.