Mbulu reiterates govt commitment against child labour

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Government has reiterated its commitment to curbing all forms of child labour in the country.


Labour and Social Security deputy minister Rayford Mbulu said government was willing to partner with other key stakeholders in a bid to combat child labour in Zambia.


Mr. Mbulu was speaking in Lusaka today during the launch of the Zambia Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) child labour policy and International Labour Organization (ILO) handbook on the worst forms of child labour.


He said it was encouraging that the labour movement has joined hands with government in addressing child labour matters.


Mr. Mbulu revealed that government has since initiated a number of policies such as the Zambia national action plan (NAP) all aimed at fighting the child labour vice.


He said the fight against child labour requires concerted effort noting that working together was a sure way of ending child labour.


And ZCTU General Secretary (GS) Roy Mwaba said the labour movement was concerned with the welfare children engaged in child labour.

Mr. Mwaba noted that failure to eradicate child labour will destroy the future of children.


He has since called on other national unions to consider integrating child labour matters in the bargaining process.


Meanwhile, ILO National Programme Coordinator Evans Luwanga said his organization was ready to offer technical and financial assistance to the cause of eradicating child labour.


Mr. Luwanga said ILO had keen interest on issues pertaining to child labour hence its resolve to support initiatives that were aimed at addressing child labour.