Lands Minister Wilbur Simuusa has said government was dedicated to ensuring that decent jobs were created through increased investment in social and economic infrastructure.
Addressing workers during this year’s May Day activities held at the Kabwe municipal council grounds whose theme is “Transforming the economy through job creation, labor law reforms, better conditions of service and improved work culture”, Mr. Simuusa said government was in a hurry to create more decent and sustainable jobs for the people of Zambia.
Mr. Simuusa disclosed that more jobs will be created in Central province after the construction of a manganese plant in Serenje by SAFAAL Enterprise, the construction of a car battery manufacturing plant in Kabwe and reopening of Kabwe Mine and Mulungushi textiles.
He said it was therefore necessary that workers embrace a positive work culture if the nation was to attract both foreign and local investments for job creation and also for workers to support the concept of productivity by having a positive attitude towards work.
Mr. Simuusa also urged employers to provide a conducive work environment while workers should demonstrate the ability to add value through discipline, good time management and overall commitment towards work.
And Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) General Secretary, Roy Mwaba, urged government to fulfill all its campaign promises before people start complaining.
Mr. Mwaba said the PF government should learn from the mistakes made by the previous government such as delaying disposing of corruption cases and Zambians not even benefiting from the money that was recovered.
Earlier, Federation for Free Trade Union of Zambia (FFTUZ) General Secretary Layson Mando said his union was disappointed with the happenings at Zambia Railways Limited.
Mr. Mando said wrangles between the suspended Zambia Railways managing director and the dissolved board was embarrassing to the nation.
He said FFTUZ was however happy that President Michael Sata has since ordered investigations into the happenings at company.
Meanwhile several deserving workers walked away with awards which included blankets, building materials, musical instruments and many more.