ZCTU warns partisan union leaders

 

LABOUR leaders involving themselves in partisan politics in the run-up to the 2016 general elections and beyond must immediately stop, Zambia Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) secretary general Cosmas Mukuka has warned.

Mr Mukuka said labour leaders should stick to their core business of representing the interest of their members.

He claimed that there were some union leaders venturing in partisan politics in the run-up to the 2016 general elections.

Mr Mukuka cautioned such leaders to stop immediately and concentrate on serving their member’s interests.

“Labour leaders should stick to their core business of representing the interests of their members,” Mr Mukuka said.

He said by nature of their mandate, labour leaders should strive to work with the government of the day.

Mr Mukuka said there was also need to investigate concerns suggesting that some labour leaders and civil servants were championing a partisan agenda. He said trade unionism and partisan politics should never be mixed up in the discharge of duty.

Recently, President Edgar Lungu censured some teachers on the Copperbelt for allegedly using their workplace to champion a partisan political agenda.

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