— ZCTU calls for dialogue over wage freeze

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-The Zambia congress of Trade unions (ZCTU) has called for honest and open dialogue with government over the wage freeze imposed on public workers in the country.

ZCTU President Chishimba Nkole says there is need for Government to respect workers rights by opening up dialogue over the disputed wage freeze.

Mr Nkole  said that public workers have a right to bargain which must be respected and adhered to by Government as a major employer in the country. 

ZANIS reports from Kalulushi District that the ZCTU leader said this in an interview today.



He added that ZCTU is waiting on Government to invite the Union  for discussions over the wage freeze.

In another development Mr Nkole has appealed to National Union of Communication and Industrial workers (NUCIW) Branch officials at the Nitrogen chemicals of Zambia in Kafue to re open Offices for their President  Robert Munsanje.

Management and NUCIW officials were today scheduled to meet and discuss the fate of Mr Musanje whose office 

 was locked up by  branch officials for supporting the United Party for National Development (UPND) in the January 20 Presidential election.

 Mr Nkole who condemned  the action said the development amounts to political intolerance and intimidation and if left unchecked has the potential to lead to serious anarchy in the Country.

He said NUCIW is an affiliate member of the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions whose political stance is that of encouraging co-existence and political tolerance amongst workers. 

He urged  the officials at NCZ to allow Mr Munsanje back at work and if they strongly feel they have a grievance against him to follow procedure.