Be proactive, Luo tells Zambian workers
Mansa, May 1, ZANIS—Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkandu Luo has called on workers to embrace a positive work culture if the country is to attract foreign and local investment which would consequently create jobs.
Professor Luo said government has done its part of creating an enabling environment for workers noting that it was up to them to work hard so that they are productive in the country.
Prof. Luo said government will continue to create decent jobs through increased investment in social and economic infrastructure for sustainable development.
She said government was in the process of reestablishing public employment exchange services in the ten provincial centers in order to link prospective employers to the employees.
ZANIS reports that Professor Luo said this when she officiated at this year’s Labour Day celebrations in Mansa in Luapula Province.
She said government remained committed to comprehensive reforms of the labour laws in the country in order to bring the laws in conformity with the labour market dynamics.
She stated that the transformation of the economy will require proactive and focused leadership in both the public and private sector in the country.
She has since called on leaders in organizations to be accountable to the Zambian people and to be responsible enough to work tirelessly to raise the standards of living of the people.
Speaking earlier, Zambia Congress of trade Unions second Vice president Humphrey Lungu commended government for providing a good platform for negotiating the improvement of salaries of government workers and the coming up of the minimum wage for the workers.
Mr. Lungu however called on government look at the issue of the recently announced increment in fuel prices saying the increment in the salaries of the workers will be meaningless.
He called on workers to support government and get involved in the fight against corruption
At the same function, Zambia Union of Financial Institutions and Allied Workers acting President Chinga Msiska appealed to government to consider transforming the National Pensions Scheme Authority (NAPSA) so that it caters for informal employees.
Mr. Msiska said the incorporation of informal employees in NAPSA help them afford to obtain loans to address the issue of poverty in many house.
He has since called on government to be open as it reforms labour laws so that no one was disadvantaged.