By MOFFAT CHAZINGWA –
NEGOTIATIONS for increased salaries for Mulungushi University lecturers in Kabwe, which stalled last month after the unions and management reached a deadlock, will resume this week.
This follows a directive by the university council to involved parties in the collective bargaining unit (CBU).
Mulungushi University management and the unions failed to reach a consensus over the salary increment following protracted negotiations characterised also by a four-day protest by lecturers.
The two parties declared a dispute after failing to agree on the figure to be awarded.
Management insisted on its offer of 10 per cent against the 20 per cent demanded by the lecturers.
The Copperbelt University Academics Union (CBUAU), which is one of the unions representing Mulungushi University lecturers, said the negotiations would reopen this week on Wednesday.
CBUAU president Mwiya Songolo said in Kitwe yesterday that the university council, to which the union had appealed, made a ruling that the two parties should get back to the negotiations.
“The chairperson of the university council to whom we had appealed tasked both parties to get back to the negotiating table and he has indicated that he expects management to adjust above its earlier of 10 per cent and for us to similarly come down slightly so that we can meet somewhere in between.