Mulungushi university resorts to intimidating workers demanding better pay

Mulungushi university resorts to intimidating workers demanding better pay

Themulu salary negotiation stand-off between lecturers and management at Mulungushi University has taken a new twist with the institution issuing cautionary letters and warning aggrieved workers of stern sanctions should they down tools.
Mulungushi University management is offering a five percent salary increment, but the lecturers are demanding a 13 percent increment across the board.
The cautionary letters dated June 3, 2015, issued by acting registrar Gubula Siaciti and copied to Mulungushi University vice-chancellor Hellicy Ng’ambi, warn lecturers of stern action should they withdraw labour again.
“Further be informed that the council has directed that in future, any illegal withdrawal of labour shall be met with sanctions including deduction of money for the day not worked,” the letter reads in part.
Mr Siaciti said the withdrawal of labour by lecturers between May 12 and 22, 2015, was illegal because they did not comply with provisions of the law.
And speaking at a press brief yesterday at Mulungushi University, Copperbelt University Academics Union (CBUAU) president Mwiya Songolo said his union will collect the cautionary letters and return them to management.
Mr Songolo said the act by management was meant to intimidate lecturers but it will not deter them from demanding what they want.
“Management decided to issue our members with cautionary letters to instil fear in us so that we don’t withdraw labour if our demands are not met when we go back to the bargaining table on Wednesday.

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