Lecturers at the Copperbelt University have suspended classes over delayed February salaries.
CBU Academic Union secretary general Willlie Ngosa said lecturers could not put water in their vehicles for them to move to and from the institution.
“Our members are stuck and don’t know what to do. The only information we are getting is that management is still waiting for government to fund which for us is strange because these people have been employed to source funding and not just sit in their offices and waiting for funding. So we wrote to them and told them that our members won’t be available because they don’t have means of coming to work. We can’t put water in our vehicles, others come from far places like Ndola, Kalulushi and it is not just impossible for them to move. So the situation remains the same; no classes,” Ngosa said.
And the students’ union had asked the government and management to work on a lasting solution to end the challenges of salaries for staff at the institution.
Copperbelt University Students Union acting president Christopher Mutami said students were very unhappy with the decision by unionised staff, including lectures, to boycott work due to none payment of their February salaries. He said the lecturers’ decision was disturbing.
“This is very disturbing to our academic learning. We came here to learn and not to sit and wait for nothing. So we appeal to government and management to sit down and find a lasting solution to this,” Mutami said.
A check at CBU found students moving about while lecturers were not seen.