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MOVE TO ABOLISH UNZALARU BACKFIRES AS COURT QUASHES LABOUR MINISTRY ATTEMPTS

IN a dramatic ruling, the Lusaka High Court has quashed attempts by Government through the Labour Commissioner to terminate the Recognition Agreement between the University of Zambia Lecturers and Researchers’ Union (UNZALARU) and the school Management.

This was in a matter in which UNZALARU had sued the Attorney General, in a representative capacity for the Labour Commissioner, and the University of Zambia Council to halt proceedings to terminate the Recognition Agreement.

In the ruling, the Court did not just nullify the Labour Commission decision but also directed UNZA Management to forthwith comply with the terms and provisions of the Agreement.

The Court further ordered that the losing parties meet the legal costs incurred by UNZALARU in prosecuting the matter.

UNZALARU has described the High Court ruling as an important victory for the Union and that the judgement meant the Union will revert to the pre-existing status quo, where it remains the legally recognized bargaining entity for University Lecturers and Researchers

“I can’t withhold the excitement I have for winning the case against the abolishment of UNZALARU in the Lusaka High Court. It is gratifying to know that we still have decent judges in our judicial system,” UNZALARU General Secretary Kelvin Mambwe Mambwe said in a statement.

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