By Nation Reporter
MOPANI Copper Mines (MCM) is to create more than 3,000 pensionable jobs and more contractual jobs at its Nkana Mine Synclinorium Shaft, Local Government Minister Stephen Kampyongo has disclosed.
Speaking yesterday at Diggers Rugby Club in Kitwe when he officiated at the Labour Day celebrations, Mr Kampyongo said President Edgar Lungu would be commissioning the Mopani Synclinorium Shaft at Nkana Mine which would create more than 3,000 pensionable and contractual jobs.
“Productivity is a key prerequisite in economic growth and poverty reduction. In this regard, his Excellency the President Edgar Lungu will be commissioning Synclinorium Shaft at Nkana Mine. This will create more than 3,000 pensionable and contractual jobs.
“While it is important to create more jobs to improve the living standards of our people, there is need for stakeholders across all sectors to consider enhancing productivity at all levels. The wealth of any country can be created through hard work,” he said.
Mr Kampyongo said demands for improved conditions of service during collective bargaining process could be justified by improved levels of productivity.
He said the Ministry of Labour and Social Security was working towards ensuring that the National Productivity Policy was finalised and so it was important that workers demonstrated their commitment to productive decent work by reducing absenteeism. Instead, he urged workers to exhibit a positive attitude towards work.
“The government is determined to ensure that workers are given the dignity and respect. The government is committed to ensuring that Social Justice, Equity and respect for workers is upheld,” he said.
And Zambia Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) first deputy president Newman Bubala has said the congress was happy that the amended constitution had brought on board constitutionalism, democracy and good governance.
Mr Bubala said the labour movement would like to commend government for enacting legislation which had outlawed casualisation and unjustified termination of employment in the country by amending the Employment Act.
“These amendments to the Employment Act were timely because a lot of Zambians have been victims of casualisation and unfair termination of employment as they will now be protected by law.
“We welcome this development because it makes jobs secure and is in line with the Decent Work Agenda as promulgated by the International Labour Organization to which Zambia subscribes,” Mr Bubala said.