Workers urged to be productive

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Information and Broadcasting Deputy Minister Poniso Njeulu has urged all workers to be productive in order to contribute to the country’s economic development.

Mr. Njeulu said apart from being productive, all workers in the country should among other things be able to adopt a positive attitude towards work.

The Deputy Minister was speaking in Kalulushi today during this year’s Labour Day celebrations.

ZANIS in Kalulushi reports that Mr. Njeulu noted that it was necessary that workers embraced a positive work culture if the country was to attract both local and foreign investment for job creation.

He further urged the workers to demonstrate the ability to add value to work through discipline, good time management and overall commitment towards work.

Mr. Njeulu also urged employers to provide conducive working environments for workers that would nature high productivity at places of work.

And Mr. Njeulu disclosed that government had commenced the process of public employment exchange services in the provincial centres as a way of linking prospective employees to employers.

He said this is so because transformation of the economy would require focused leadership both in the public and private sectors.

Meanwhile, Zambia Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) Representative, Shadrick Kalunga, has observed that workers play an important role in the implementation of government policies.

Mr. Kalunga said for Zambia to develop, workers should double productivity through positive work culture adding that this would in turn make the demands for improved conditions of service justifiable.

He also noted that the development of the country can only be achieved by uprooting slavery conditions of work, strengthening the alliance between government and trade unions as well as correcting misconceptions that the trade unions have nothing to do with politics.

This year’s Labour Day was celebrated under the theme "Transforming the Economy through Job creation, Labour Law Reforms, better conditions of service and improved work culture".