University of Zambia lecturers have downed tools in protest against management’s delays in paying them their longstanding gratuities, among other things.

UNZALARU publicity secretary Moffat Moyo asked lecturers to suspend all classes after a meeting with management this morning.

“We have gone on go slow with immediate effect. All classes should be suspended immediately. More information will be given shortly,” stated Moyo in a WhatsApp group.

And in a memo to notify Vice-Chancellor Professor Luke Mumba, UNZALARU secretary general Dr Kelvin Mambwe outlined the reasons why the union had resolved to go-slow.

“At a special meeting of the University of Zambia Lecturer’s and Researcher’s Union (UNZALARU), the memebership unanimously agreed to go-slow with immediate effect until the following demands are met: 1. The delayed 2018 negotiations for improved salariesand other conditions of service begin this week; 2. the academic promotions for the year 2018 uses the original template as approved by Council for all academic promotions; 3. that the liquidation of debt as agreed with other stakeholders begins. The union takes great exception with the casual attitude demonstrated by management in handling the above issues,” stated Mumba.