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ZUJ is dissatisfied with the way Times Printpak is handling the redundancy procedure.

The Zambia Union of Journalists (ZUJ) expresses disappointment and fury about the management’s handling of the Times Printpak redundancy procedure.

Acting managing director Simate Simate and his staff announced that the second group of workers being laid off will depart on July 31, 2022. According to a statement from the union’s president, this was done to prevent the mess they caused with the first group, which resulted in multiple legal proceedings.

He claimed that Mr. Simate met with staff members to reassure them that management had learned its lesson and that what happened with the initial batch of employees—who were underpaid—would not happen again.

But according to Mr. Lukhanda, neither the existing Collective Agreement nor the roadmap that was agreed upon were followed.

“Yesterday, July 29, 2022 was the last working day for those separating with the company and as a Union, we were shocked to receive a memo from Mr Simate indicating that management has commenced paying terminal benefits without the beneficiaries being availed with terminal benefits pay slips.

It is common knowledge that employees are supposed to know their terminal benefits way before the last day at work but in the Times Printpak case, it was different,” he said.

According to Mr. Lukhanda, employees have already begun receiving benefits without acknowledging any paperwork or confirming the calculations behind the aforementioned redundancy package.

“From the onset, we strongly feel Management with the blessings of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) had intentions to underpay the Times Printpak employees because of the manner in which they have gone about with this process.

There are employees who are leaving with a redundancy package as little as K6, 505 after working for six years,” he said.

 

He said that the management and IDC decision was not only cruel but also unlawful.

Since then, Mr. Lukhanda has urged the government and President Hakainde Hichilema, who serves as the IDC’s chairperson, to take action so that the employees can be paid the proper sums.

He claimed that attempts to urge management to follow the proper procedure were consistently disregarded, which led to the company’s plethora of ongoing legal disputes.

“As a union, we are concerned that the Government has continued to pay a blind eye to what is going on at Times Printpak as management continues to violent employees’ rights with impunity and have several cases before the courts of law,” he said.

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