THE Zambia Union of Financial Institutions and Allied Workers (ZUFIAW) says the banishment of casualisation will end the misery Zambian workers have been subjected to at the hands of their employers and consequently enhance productivity.
ZUFIAW general secretary Chingati Msiska told the Daily Nation yesterday that the labour movement was indebted to President Edgar Lungu for signing the Employment Act no. 15 of 2015 to do away with casualisation because it would provide protection to the workers who were at the mercy of their employers as most of them worked without contracts.
Mr. Msiska said the signing of the SI by the Head of State could not have come at a better time than now when employees had waited for the implementation of Government’s promises to do away with casualisation to protect their interests.
He said the President Lungu had demonstrated that he had confidence in the labour movement by granting it what had been their plea for a long time, adding that the piece of legislature was a New Year gift that the labour movement had embraced.
“As ZUFIAW, we would like to thank government for abolishing casualisation in Zambia because we realise this is a positive step towards the fight against workers exploitation by their employers as they will work according to the terms of their contracts as opposed to what has been happening where most of them worked as casuals even when they qualified to be given permanent jobs.
He challenged all stakeholders in the labour movement to ensure that the provision of the employment act was implemented accordingly without delay
He said there was no need for companies to provide any excuses but to start operating within the provisions of the act as failure to do so would be tantamount to abrogating the law.
“All stakeholders starting from employers to unions and associations in the labour market must take this piece of legislature seriously to ensure that it is implemented accordingly.
“The implementation of this SI should be followed strictly because we believe it is a good piece of legislature which will bring sanity in the job market,” he said.