Government embarks on foundation of good service delivery
Gwembe, May 2, ZANIS ——Government has embarked on comprehensive structural reforms that will make the public sector more efficient in service delivery and act as an effective ingredient to national development.
Gwembe District Commissioner, Alice Mwiinga said areas of particular focus in the reform process will include public financial management, public service management, private sector development, labour market reforms, decentralisation, and public private partnerships.
Speaking yesterday during Labour Day celebrations, the District Commissioner reiterated government’s commitment to introduce comprehensive labour law reforms that will be in line with labour market dynamics.
Included in the reforms are laws that govern industrial and labour relations, employment of children and young persons as well as social security.
Ms Mwiinga further said the patriotic front government is committed to raising standards of living of vulnerable employees through its continuous review and improvement of wages and conditions of service for workers.
However, the District Commissioner bemoaned the workers’ negative attitude towards work.
“It is necessary that we embrace a positive work culture if our country is to attract both local and foreign investments for job creation,” she said.
Ms Mwiinga has urged all workers to demonstrate the ability to add value through discipline, good time management and overall commitment towards work.
The District Commissioner has also called on both public and private sector employers to provide conducive working environment that would nurture high productivity at places of work.
She observed that transformation of the economy will require focused leadership both in the public and private sectors.
And Zambia Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) representative, Godwin Mwangala said the PF government has a huge task of meeting workers’ expectation especially that they voted in numbers for change in conditions of work.
Mr Mwangala explained the need for government to consider taking urgent measures aimed at improving the lives of workers in particular and the general public at large.
He implored government to formulate and implement broad-based economic empowerment policies aimed at benefiting a broader section of society and building new infrastructure such as industries and entrepreneurship training centres for national development.
Mr Mwangala has also implored the private sector employers to lay a strong foundation for workers and the local people where they operate from and contribute to capacity building in communities.
“I implore you to maintain your unwavering commitment to fulfilling your corporate social responsibility by providing solutions to various social challenges faced by workers and indeed communities in your localities,” he said.