ZRA strike: Billions lost

By KAIKO NAMUSA¬† –

ZAMBIA Revenue Authority (ZRA) workers have staged a countrywide work stoppage, which has affected collection of revenue.

But management has described the action as illegal, stating that parties have not reached a deadlock.

The work stoppage has negatively affected revenue collection estimated in billions of Kwacha.

The workers were angered by management’s decision to offer them 12 per cent for both salary and housing allowances and are instead demanding 20 per cent upward adjustment.

A check by a Times team at ZRA headquarters in Lusaka yesterday found a skeleton staff, comprising senior managers who have assumed various roles of unionised workers.

The 14th day of each month is critical as tax payers flock to ZRA to pay taxes but this was not the case following the work stoppage.

Management and union representatives were by Press time engaged in a closed door meeting in an effort to resolve the impasse.