THE Zambia Union of Financial Institutions and Allied Workers (ZUFIAW) has congratulated its former general secretary Joyce Nonde Simukoko as Labour Minister and Republican Vice-President Inonge Wina for her election in the just ended elections.
ZUFIAW general secretary Mutelo Mabenga said the appointment of Ms. Simukoko had given confidence to the union that she would fight for the improvement in the conditions of services for workers across the country.
Mr. Mutelo said having spent most of her life fighting for the rights of workers both in Zambia and abroad, he expected the same optimised operations she had at the union to be replicated at the ministry as she assumes her new portfolio.
He said workers were eagerly waiting for the materialisation of increased compliance to labour laws by employers and the abolishment of casualisation as some employers were still practising casualisation despite being abolished some time back.
He noted that Ms. Simukoko had a challenge of ensuring that the labour law reforms which were started by her predecessor Fackson Shamenda were concluded under her leadership and that the union had no doubt that Zambia would attain meaningful development with women of substance such as Ms. Simukoko and Ms. Wina being at the helm of strategic decision-making positions.
“On behalf of the national executive council and the national women’s committee of ZUFIAW, I would like to convey our congratulations to the Republican Vice-President for her election victory and Ms. Simukoko for her appointment as new Labour Minister, and we would also like to further congratulate all women that were elected to various offices in the last general elections.
“As a union, we are confident that Hon. Simukoko shall fight for the advancement of better conditions of service for workers across the country given that she has spent the most part of her career fighting for the rights of workers both in Zambia and abroad and we are expectant of her optimised operations at the Ministry of Labour. As a trade unionist, we are eagerly waiting to see increased levels of compliance to labour laws by employers, abolishing of casualisation of labour given that some employers are still perpetuating this vice despite it being abolished,” Mr. Mutelo said.
He noted that the involvement of industrious women in managing national affairs was evidence that the country was poised to attain meaningful national development, saying the union was concerned with the disparities in equality between men and women.