Government has pledged its commitment to creating decent jobs through increased investment in social economic infrastructure for sustainable development.
Speaking during this year’s Labour Day celebrations in Mpika today, Information and Broadcasting services Deputy Minister Mwansa Kapeya said government was grateful to all workers for their immense sacrifice made towards the transformation of the national economy.
He said government was determined to attaining economic growth of more than 8 percent in order to reduce unemployment and poverty in the country.
Mr. Kapeya said government will also remain dedicated to comprehensive labour reforms in order to bring them in line with the labour market dynamics.
He reiterated government’s commitment to creating sustainable employment for youths through the provision of skills training.
The deputy minister, who is also Mpika Central Member of Parliament, urged workers to adopt a positive work culture in order to attract both local and international investments.
He said a productive labour force was vital for economic growth of the country adding that government was in a hurry to create decent jobs for all citizens.
And a representing the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), National Union of Technical Education Lecturers and Allied Workers Union (NUTELAW) president Matthews Mwaba, commended government for implementing deliberate policies aimed at improving workers’ conditions of service .
Mr. Mwaba has since called on government to urgently address the high unemployment levels in the country.
This year’s Labour Day celebrations were held under the theme “transforming the economy through job creation, labour reforms, better conditions of service, and improved work culture”.
In Mpika, the celebrations were attended by heads of various government departments, the private sector and traditional leaders among others.