ZCTU postpone wage freeze mass demo

THE Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has postponed its planned demonstration today against the wage freeze imposed on public service workers by Government.

ZCTU secretary general Roy Mwaba told a press briefing in Lusaka that the union could not go ahead with the demonstration when the country was mourning the death of President Michael Sata.

“We would like to express profound condolences to Government and the people of Zambia over the sudden death of the republican President Sata in London,” he said.

Mr Mwaba said the congress was shocked to hear of the tragic death and untimely death of President Sata.

“Indeed the workers of Zambia join the rest of the country in mourning our departed President and leader.”

“On behalf of the more than 400,000 workers affiliated to ZCTU and we would like to extend sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to the nation during this time of sorrow,” he said.

Mr Mwaba said ZCTU realised that much as the demonstration was important to the workers, the union could not go ahead with the protest when the nation was mourning.

He further called upon Zambians to unite and mourn the death of President Sata adding that he worked tirelessly to bring development to the people of Zambia, in peace and dignity.

“Our thoughts and sympathies are with the first family at this trying moment and we pray to God to give them strength and courage,” he said.

Mr Mwaba said President Sata would be remembered for initiating the unprecedented development of the country’s road network, construction of public universities in provinces and the construction of health facilities in various districts.