RUTHLESS bailiffs are to blame for Zampost’s failure to pay workers’ salaries, Minister of Transport and Communication Brian Mushimba has said.
RUTHLESS bailiffs are to blame for Zampost’s failure to pay workers’ salaries, Minister of Transport and Communication Brian Mushimba has said. Mr Mushimba explained that Zampost was now paying retirees about K1.6 million every month at the expense of current employees following a court injunction.
The minister said retirees had taken Zampost to court over their retirement packages and that the judgment was ruled in their favour.
He said in an interview that the court order that bailiffs could grab Zampost properties if not paid specified amounts of money every month was putting pressure on the
Mr Mushimba reiterated that the bailiffs were not reasonable as they were taking advantage of the court ruling.
He said the corporation, with its dried up revenue streams was ordered to be paying K1.6 million to its ex-workers.
“When a company has dried up revenue streams, it’s trying to reposition itself and you take K1.6 million in a month, that’s 70 percent of the wage bill,” said Mr Mushimba.
Mr Mushimba said payments to retirees had thrown Zampost off the track of finishing off paying employees.
And Mushimba said the postmaster general had assured him that the situation would be sorted out soon.
He also said the Ministry of Finance had agreed to help Zampost recover the money parastatals owed it.
“Eighty percent of Zampost debt is owed by parastatals and its about K20 million. The money could be recovered at source and Ministry of Finance. We sat with Ministry of Finance and they committed.
We are hoping maybe next month we can get even a K4 million and we can continue doing that until we recover the money,” said Mr Mushimba.
Mr Mushimba said that Zampost would soon pay all its employees, saying that the corporation’s wage bill was K2 million.