Shamenda pursue sustainable labour policies

ZAMBIA is in the process of amending the employment and labour policies and laws to make them responsive to the contemporary needs of the stakeholders in a balanced, fair and sustainable manner, Minister of Labour and Social Security Fackson Shamenda has told the International Labour Conference in Geneva.

And Zambia Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) president Nkole Chishimba said workers and employers shared a common goal and it was in the interest of both workers and employers to ensure that businesses remained viable for their mutual benefit.

Meanwhile, Zambia Federation of Employers (ZFE) president Tyson Chisambo said the federation holds the view that the issue of productivity and employment should not only be looked at from the angle of linking wages to productivity but more so from the angle of identifying sectors with great potential for creation of wealth and decent employment.

Speaking during the 105th International Labour Conference in Geneva, Mr Shamenda said Zambia appreciated and valued the technical support from the international labour Organisation (ILO) in the process of reshaping the world of work.

Mr Shamenda said Zambia had so far achieved milestones in curbing casualisation of labour through the recently amended Employment Act 2015, enhancement of occupational health and safety standards through the 2015 amendment of the Mines and Minerals Act.

And Mr Chishimba said an appropriate regulatory framework was required to be in place to ensure that the interests of workers and employers were protected even in time of crisis.

“Indeed, we are also faced with conflict and natural disasters worldwide as clearly stated in the preamble of the ILO constitution that ”….universal and lasting peace can be established only if it is based upon social justice….and also that …..failure of any nation to adopt humane conditions of  labour  is  an  obstacle  in  the  way  of  other  nations  which  desire  to improve the conditions in their own countries,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Chisambo said the federation held the view that the issue of productivity and employment should not only be looked at from the angle of linking wages to productivity but more so from the angle of identifying sectors with great potential for creation of wealth and decent employment.

“The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 8 on promotion of sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all which also stands at the 2030 Agenda, whose aim is to stimulate economic strategies in which more and better jobs are expected and should be taken as a serious matter and as a call on the tripartite partners to do things better than before,” he said.

Mr Chisambo said Governments must open up for engagement with the private sector and take proposals made available by the private sector especially on concerns about the high cost of doing business in a number of our countries especially in Africa.

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