CBU union warns over pay

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

The Copperbelt University Academics Union has warned that its members will not teach when the 2015 academic year start if salaries for March are delayed.

Union Secretary General Dr. Kawunga Nyirenda says the union is disturbed by the trend of delayed payments that appears to be unresolved.

Dr. Nyirenda has told ZNBC News in an interview in Kitwe today that the ministry of Education must expedite the release of the CBU grant for the month of March and balance of tuition fees to the university to allow management pay salaries.

Meanwhile, Dr. Nyirenda says the Copperbelt University Academics Union is happy with the decision by Republican President Edgar Lungu to revise the retirement age.

Under the revised law, the President has directed that 55 should be early retirement, 60 normal retirement and 65 as late retirement.

And the Civil Servants and Allied Workers Union of Zambia in Kasama has commended government for revising the retirement age for civil servants.

In a statement to ZANIS, District Chairperson Wallace Kasao says it is gratifying that President Lungu has honored his campaign promise.

He however said the union is still skeptical on the 5 year upward adjustment of the normal retirement age.

Mr Kasao says the upward adjustment will impact negatively on youths who are looking for employment in the civil service.

The union has also called on the ministry of labor to expedite the legislation on the abolition of actualization, saying the move will guarantee job security in the country.

President Lungu last week announced the downward adjustments to the retirement age.