Labour inspectors ineffective-ZCTU


MINISTRY OF Labour and Social Security should improve its monitoring system to ensure that employers comply with the existing legislation governing industrial relations, ZCTU Deputy Secretary General Elaston Njovu has said.

And ZCTU has requested Government to ensure labour laws and employment policy reviews are harmonised in line with all existing policies and pieces of legislation that relate to job creation and industrialization.

Mr Njovu observed that most employers remained reluctant to enforce and comply with legislation related to occupational health and safety and improved working conditions for workers.

Speaking on Friday during the media launch of awareness campaign for labour laws in the construction sector, Mr Njovu said compliance levels were low because of lack of awareness among workers as well as employers, coupled with poorly staffed labour inspectorate division in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.

“This calls for strong collaboration among tripartite partners and strong political will on the part of Government to ensure that adequate resources, including human resources, were available for effective implementation of policies and monitoring of compliance to existing legislation,” Mr Njovu said.

He said advocacy strategy come at an appropriate time because it was expected to go a long way in reducing the levels of accidents in the construction sector and improving working conditions.

Mr Njovu said all stakeholders must commit themselves fully to strong and effective advocacy and awareness campaigns on the labour laws.

“It is imperative to implement a massive sensitization programme through the media and organizing discussion forums on labour laws with stakeholders particularly in the construction sector,” he said.

Mr Njovu however said sensitization alone was not enough in an environment that did not provide appropriate recourse especially to workers who tend to be weaker parties in any form of employment relationship. He told Minister of Labour Fackson Shamenda that a window of opportunities had actually presented itself through the dual process of labour law reforms and employment policy review.

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