Fragile labour laws worry visiting ILO Director

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder

Visiting International Labour Organization (ILO) Director General, Guy Ryder, has expressed concern at the current fragile labour laws in the country that bar workers from taking part in legal strikes.

Speaking to journalists during a media briefing in Lusaka today, Mr. Ryder says it is unfortunate that more than one hundred nurses were dismissed for taking part in the strike.

Mr. Ryder is hopeful that the trade unions and government will be able to sort out such challenges if they reoccur in future for the benefit of the workers.

He notes that health workers in any given country are a valuable work force and should be treated with respect.

He adds that there is need to have proper labour laws in place that will allow unionized workers to take part in legal strikes so that they air out their grievances.

Mr. Ryder says ILO recognizes the limitation of workers in the country to take part in legal strikes and is hopeful that government will work out a solution to such limitations.