POST Newspaper workers who have not been paid their salaries for months on end have every right to sue their employer, Fred M’membe, to court as this constitutes an abrogation of their labour rights, Labour and Social Services Minister Fackson Shamenda has said.
Mr. Shamenda was reacting to investigations being undertaken by the Labour commissioner over prolonged non-payment of salaries to Post newspaper employees.
The Zambia Congress of Trade Unions has written to the Labour commissioner to investigate the matter which had been brought to their attention by disgruntled workers who felt “abused”.
Also reacting to reports that the employees were prohibited from forming or joining unions, Mr Shamenda said all workers had the right to belong to any union of their choice and that if Mr Mmembe had banned his employees from forming a union, the workers could seek the intervention of the courts to have their plight addressed.
Mr Shamenda said that labour rights were fundamental rights which no employer or organization could take away from their employees and advised the workers at the Post Newspaper to use the Zambia Union of Journalists (ZUJ) to sue.
He said the workers should not wait for the Ministry of Labour to help them form a union at their work place as it was their labour right to belong to a union that could deal with labour matters.