Government to soon review labour laws-Chitotela

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Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Security, Ronald Chitotela, has disclosed that government will soon embark on a comprehensive review of labour laws.

Mr. Chitotela said some of the labour laws will cover review of the current employment Act and put in place legal provisions that will deal with casualisation of labour and outsourcing of services, which Zambian companies can provide.

He however said the Patriotic Front (PF) government has noted that some companies were genuinely failing to comply with the implementation of the revised minimum wage and conditions of services due to various factors.

Mr. Chitotela was speaking at the ongoing two day workshop on “Understanding, Using Labour Laws and Industrial Relations in the 21st Century in Lusaka today.

He explained that government was now looking at addressing challenges in the labour issues with thorough implementation of sector based minimum wages after government realised that some companies were failing to meet the new conditions.

And a labour consultant has attributed the frequent industrial unrests in the country to archaic labour laws that were inherited from the colonialists.

Wezi Chekwe of Besko Marketing and Consulting Company said the frequent industrial unrests in the country were as a result of outdated laws that were not initiated by Zambians.

Mr. Chekwe has since commended the PF government for showing commitment towards reviewing of the current labour laws in a bid to promote productivity in the country.

He said his firm was ready to work with government in finding lasting solutions to frequent work stoppages that have a direct bearing on productivity.