THE Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has bemoaned the high levels of child labour in the country.
The congress said this would raise the spectre of future under-development.
ZCTU secretary general Roy Mwaba said child labour usually deprived young people of opportunities in education, and that the labour movement had decided to join stakeholders in fighting the vice.
Mr Mwaba said this during the Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour workshop organised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and ZCTU in Kabwe on Friday.
He said child labour was more prevalent in agriculture, construction and quarrying in Zambia.
Mr Mwaba called on labour leaders to get involved so that networking with other key stakeholders could be enhanced.
He said this in a speech read for him by ZCTU Central Province coordinator, Elias Ntimpa.
ILO senior specialist in workers’ activities, Inviolata Chinyangarara said the fight against child labour was a responsibility of everyone.
Ms Chinyangarara said child labour could impede children’s access to education, skills and limit their possibilities of economic and social mobility later in life.
[times of zambia]