ZCTU praises Govt for maintaining labour harmony


THE Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has praised Government for the peace and harmony that has continued to prevail in the labour movement in the country.

ZCTU president Nkole Chishimba said the development has led to the harmonious labour relations between Government and trade unions.

But Mr Chishimba has called on Zambia Federation of Employers (ZFE) to use the prevailing conducive environment to recruit more members to the organisation so that employers could benefit from its services.

“The peace and harmony currently existing in Zambia is reflexive of an industrial relations system which is well managed and there is full participation of social partners.

“It also shows that there is an effective mechanism of managing collective and individual disputes,” Mr. Chishimba said.

He explained that collective bargaining, labour laws and wages are some of the elements that need to be addressed if the country is to continue having the harmonious working relationships at places of work.

“Issues of collective bargaining, occupational health and safety, human resource development, labour law and wages are some of the elements that the employers’ organisation needs to emphasize on to its members so that both the employers and employees benefit,” he said.

“We should not only wait for the tripartite consultative meetings to share knowledge on how to tackle problems but we should have bilateral meetings where a number of issues can be addressed and consensus reached,

“The core elements of freedom of association as embodied in convention numbers 87 and 98 are that workers and employers, without distinction whatsoever, shall have the right to establish, and subject only to the rules of the organisation concerned, to join organisations of their own choice without previous authorization,” he said.

He explained that through the core convention, workers were expected to enjoy protection against acts of anti-union discrimination in respect of their employment and urged Government to enforce the principle through national laws.

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