Barclays increases salaries for workers but others feel sidelined

Barclays Bank Zambia has given its workers K800 salary increment but the move has angered people categorized as managers. Sources at the bank say a lot of workers categorized as managers but with no management functions will not benefit from this increment.

The communication from Human Resource on Friday to the workers read:

“We are pleased to inform you that negotiations between Barclays Bank Zambia Plc and Zambia Union of Financial Institutions and Allied Workers (ZUFIAW) for the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and 2013 salary adjustment have been concluded.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement will cover the conditions of service for staff in grades BA1 to BA3 and non-management BA4 and will be applicable for a period of two (2) years with effect from 1st January, 2013 to 31st December 2014. The parties have agreed that arrears pertaining to the CBA will be paid effective 1st April 2013.

We would like to announce that management has awarded K800 salary increase to all unionised (BA1 to BA3) staff with effect from 1st April 2013.

Management further agreed to pay salary arrears on Friday 30th August 2013 together with leave pay and overtime differential.”

But aggrieved staff at Barclays have told the Watchdog that this is segregation as ‘the BA4 management workers will not enjoy these meagre conditions of service as they have been condemned to remain in management yet they don’t enjoy management conditions like BA5 to BA7 grades.’

Staff explained that the bank moved only a few BA4s back to union and the remaining BA4s are languishing without any improvement in conditions for 4 years now.

‘This is the group where some branch managers belong to. Government and ZUFIAW must coordinate to help these BA4 grade workers’, said one staffer.

One complained that ‘It’s almost sickening for Barclays branch managers to be called managers. In Lusaka life has become hard. We are like destitute.’

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