Resume Work, State Urges Times Workers

GOVERNMENT has appealed to striking unionised workers at Times Printpak Zambia Limited to resume work and warned parastatal companies against creating industrial unrest through unpaid salaries.

Meanwhile, Government has given the Times Printpak management a 14-day ultimatum in which to find money and clear outstanding salary arrears owed to the workers.

Acting Labour Minister Chishimba Kambwili, during a media briefing, appealed to workers to resume work as Government has directed the Times Printpak management to raise money to pay salaries.

Mr Kambwili, who is Youth and Sport Minister, directed management to settle the outstanding salary arrears, saying Government institutions should lead by example.

“If we are going to push the private sector in making sure that they pay workers well, then quasi-Government institutions should lead by example.

I was disturbed yesterday (Tuesday) when I heard on radio and TV news that Times of Zambia has not paid workers for three months,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Kambwili has also warned the Lusaka City Council (LCC), Chipata Municipal Council and other local authorities to clear all outstanding arrears.

He said it was strange that a small council like Nakonde was able to settle salary obligations, while big councils were failing to pay salaries.

“I will not allow people to go on and fail to pay salaries, more, especially Government institutions. You know my stance on issues of labour and I don’t think I want to be part of a system that is going to fail to pay salaries when they are Government institutions,” he said.

Source : The Times of Zambia

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