Times of Zambia journalists upset with union for betrayal

TIMES of Zambia workers have been angered by the decision of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Zambia Union of Journalist(ZUJ) to call-off their one-day strike before they could meet the general membership and hear their position on the matter.

Some branches are now even planning to write to the NEC to complain over its decision and alleged that its conduct had made it become irrelevant to the general membership.

The workers said it is betrayal of the worst order by the NEC especially that they gave in, without the management paying even one month of the three months salary areas.

The workers told the Zambian Watch Dog (ZWD) that they suspect that the ZUJ leadership led by General Secretary Angela  Chishimba was bribed for it to quickly assure government and the management at the company that the workers would resume work even before they could get the views of the general membership.

The workers said, according to the procedure, the NEC should have first met the general membership of the union before deciding to call-off the strike.

“The NEC are our representatives and before they could  make any decision concerning the welfare of the workers, they should meet us, but we are surprised and angered that before they could meet us, they decided to call-off the strike.

“This kind of thing always brings suspicions on our union leaders, we can suspect that they were given some money for them to make a decision of calling off the strike before they could meet us,” said some workers.

Some branches are now even planning to write to the NEC to complain over its decision and alleged that its conduct had made it become irrelevant to the general membership.

In Ndola, the workers continued with the strike until they were persuaded to resume work because their colleagues in Lusaka and Kitwe had resumed work.

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