ZAMBIA Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) secretary general Cosmas Mukuka says Government should immediately deport Intercontinental Hotel assistant general manager Michael Naber for allegedly abusing the right of workers, threatening them with dismissals and ignoring labour laws.
Mr Mukuka said ZCTU has since officially written to Home Affairs Minister Davies Mwila notifying him of their demand to have Mr Naber disciplined.
He said late last year, the hotel dismissed about 130 workers on allegations that they went on an illegal strike.
“It had to take the intervention of the Hotel and Catering Workers Union of Zambia and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security for 98 workers to be reinstated,” he said.
Mr Mukuka said workers at the hotel followed the law before going on strike by taking all steps required to call for a strike.
He said despite a directive from the Ministry of Labour to reinstate the remaining 34 workers, the hotel management has refused.
Mr Mukuka said ZCTU found it interesting that the owners of the hotel could threaten Government that any attempt to compel them to do what they did not want would force them to close the hotel and relocate to another country.
He appealed to Government to help restore the dignity of workers at the hotel by compelling management to respect labour laws and practices of the land.
Mr Mukuka said decent working conditions could only be achieved if workers’ rights were respected and labour laws were adhered to.
“The trade union movement will not rest until employers such as Intercontinental hotel are made to respect national labour laws and begin to treat workers as equal partners in production,” he said.
Meanwhile, ZCTU has called upon police in Ndola to arrest and charge a senior Ndola High Court official who allegedly slapped a general worker at the court.Mr Mukuka said the union received information that the senior officer slapped a general worker who would not cut down a tree because he had no tools to use.
“The action taken by the High Court senior official agitated workers at the court who are demanding that police arrest him for assault and we wonder why police are shielding him from facing the law,” he said. Mr Mukuka called upon Government to reintroduce the Civil Service Management courses which used to be conducted at the National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) so as to inculcate knowledge in civil servantss on how to handle disciplinary procedures in Government and parastatal institutions.