The Zambia National Teachers Union (ZNUT) has threatened to take strike action if government does not honour this year’s collective agreement for improved conditions of service for its members.
ZNUT President Henry Kapenda expressed concern that some conditions of service which should have been effected in June this year were still pending and this raised concerns on whether salary increments would take effect by September this year.
“Come September, if ZNUT members do not get their salary increments, we will call for a nationwide strike,” he said.
Mr Kapenda said this during the ZNUT 10th Quadrennial Conference at New Fairmount hotel in Livingstone.
He further said ZNUT members had the right to belong to social or political calls of their choices but the union does not subscribe to any political or social dispensation.
“Having said that, where things are wrong we shall condemn especially if we are not listened to and consulted, like the recent issue of removal of allowances for deserving teachers,” he said.
Mr Kapenda highlighted some of the threats ZNUT was facing as inconsistent statements from government on issues of national interest, lack of consultation on policy matters and delays to assent to the Education Bill among others.