PRISCILLA CHIPULU, Lusaka
FIVE founder members of the Professional Teachers Union (PROTUZ) have dragged the union to court for allegedly failing to settle their outstanding gratuity amounting to over K3 million.
In a statement of claim filed in the Lusaka High Court yesterday, Victor Muyumba, Albert Muyembe, Charity Tembo, Mary Musonda and Clifford Maluti have sued PROTUZ, its general secretary Kangwa Musenga and trustees seeking an order to compel the union to settle K3,352,950.
The five want an order that Mr Muyembe, Mr Muyumba and Ms Tembo are entitled to personal-to-holder vehicles or cash payment of market value equivalent of the motor vehicles.
They further want Ms Musonda and Mr Maluti to be given an opportunity to buy vehicles in their custody as part of their gratuity as per conditions of service.
The plaintiff are also demanding their outstanding dues for a workshop and elections that were held in Munali as well as compel the union to build a three bedroom house or Kwacha payment of market value in areas of their choice.
They are further seeking an order for the payment of mid-term gratuity for every two years of service and gratuity for every four years served at 60 percent of the gross salary and allowances.
“The conditions of service stipulated that founder members were entitled to have a three bed-room house in an area of their choice but PROTUZ illegally repossessed personal-to-holder motor vehicles.
“They were also entitled to mid-term and end-of-term gratuity at 60 percent of the gross salary and allowances but they are entitled to all the benefits in the conditions of service,” they submitted.
They said all efforts to resolve the matter outside court have been shunned, hence their decision to commence legal proceedings against the union.
The five further claim that PROTUZ has refused to settle all the outstanding dues notwithstanding the fact that they have no defence to the claims and in writing they undertook to settle when in fact not.