Times workers in Kitwe ignore Malupenga threats, go on strike

STRIKING Times of Zambia workers in Kitwe have rubbished Information Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga’s statement that they should be patient and have told him to shut up if he has nothing sensible to talk about.

The Times of Zambia workers on Friday resolved to go on strike due to non-payment of salaries for three months.

A visit at Times of Zambia offices in Kitwe found the offices closed and when the workers were asked why they had not heeded to Mr Malupenga’s statement of being patient, the workers said the statement by Mr Malupenga was a heap of rubbish and should not be entertained by any Times of Zambia worker.

The workers, who spoke on grounds of anonymity said it was unfair, foolish and rubbish for Mr Malupenga to call on workers to exercise patience when they had gone three months without salaries.

“We have gone for three months without being paid and he is telling us to be patient. Patience? when him is enjoying himself and filling his stomach every day. He should not threaten us.

” He is being unfair to us, and he is just exhibiting his foolish behaviour and i can just say his statement was a heap of rubbish which cannot be tolerated by any Times of Zambia worker who is suffering,” said the Times of Zambia workers.

The workers said they have been patient enough from last year and so they had resolved to go on strike because they had enough.

“From last year, we have been experiencing delays in getting salaries and we thought things would get better, but things are getting worse and the same Malupenga has been quiet, but now that we resolved to go on strike, he wants to be issuing careless statements so that his employers see that he is working,’ The workers said.

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