ZCTU calls on government to better working conditions

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——– The Zambia Congress of Trade Union says the PF government has a task to ensure that better lives for all workers in the country were cherished.

ZCTU representative Beatrice Mwila said this during the commemoration of Labour Day at Serenje Secondary School noting that the government has a task to better lives of the Zambian working citizens regardless of their tribe and political affiliations

Mrs Mwila said this year’s Labour day theme was important because it is reminding the government on the needs of a worker and to ensure that the rights as well as freedoms of a worker were respected and protected.

She added that the development that every Zambian desired can only be achieved by uprooting slavery condition of services and by forming strong ties of alliance between government and the trade unions and correcting any misconception as trade unions have nothing to do with politics.

Mrs Mwila also called on government to facilitate the construction of more factories and industries for national development so that the economy of the country could grow and reduce high levels of unemployment and poverty.

And speaking at the function, Federation of Free Trade Unions in Zambia representative George Katongo commended his Excellency President Michael Sata and his government for coming up with a well tailored labour theme.

Mr Katongo also said the theme was a testimony of PF government’s desire to create economically, a condusive atmosphere that will lead to job creation for unemployed citizens than what was stubbornly abandoned by the MMD regime.

He said that he was confident that the rate the PF is moving at will result in economic development and hoped that some of the benefits of these measures shall soon reach the grassroots.

Mr Katongo further urged the government to transform the National Pensions Scheme Authority (NAPSA) so that it could take on board the informal sector to be organized such that it will be easier for the banks to lend money to workers.

At the same occasion District Commissioner Charles Mwelwa paid tribute to the workers for their immense contributions and sacrifices they have made towards transforming the economy.

Mr Mwelwa said that PF government is committed to ensure that decent jobs are created through increased investments in social and economical programmes for sustainable development.

The District Commissioner also disclosed that government has embarked on comprehensive structural reforms whose focus will be to make the public sector more efficient to national development.

Deserving workers from various organisations and government departments were awarded valuable goods in appreciation for their commitment to duty during the Labour Day commemoration in Serenje district.