CBU lecturers end strike unconditionally


Lectures at the Copperbelt University have resolved to go back to work unconditionally.

This follows negotiations between Union members representing academic staff and government this afternoon.

Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda says the Ministry of Education will however address the concerns raised by the lectures using normal channels.

Mr Shamenda announced this to journalists at a Press briefing yesterday.

Union representative , Mwiya Songolo says the workers have resolved to go back to work in the interest of the nation.

And Education Minister Michael Kaungu will on Friday hold a press briefing where he will announce the date for the re-opening of the University.

The Copperbelt University was closed last month after lecturer went on strike demanding the resignation of the university vice chancellor Naison ngoma and the entire CBU management.

And UNZA Management has dispelled speculations that it is in support of the decision made by the University of Zambia Lecturers and Reserachers Union -UNZALARU to withhold students results, until a road map on how to dismantle debt owed to the lecturers is agreed upon.

Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Enala Mwase says she is not part of the lecturers decision.

Professor Mwase says her interest is to see that all the issues are resolved amicably.

Professor Mwase said this through University of Zambia Public Relations and International Liaison Manager Damaseke Chibale.

On Wednesday, UNZALARU President Dr. Euston Chiputa says lectures at the institution had resolved to withhold the student’s results until a roadmap to clear the 320 million Kwacha debt owed to them is agreed upon.