Zambia committed to creating better jobs-Mbulu

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Government has reaffirmed its commitment to the creation of more and better jobs in the mining sector through consultation with stakeholders.

Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Security Rayford Mbulu said government has identified social dialogue with stakeholders as a tool for sustainable development.

Mr. Mbulu said government has continued to receive advice through meetings and stakeholder engagements on various issues affecting the Zambian labour market including factors influencing more and better jobs in mining sector.

He said this in a speech read for him by Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour Arthur Choobe at a consultative workshop on more and better jobs in the Zambian mining sector in Lusaka yesterday.

He said government was committed to implementing the decent work agenda especially with regard to the creation of decent employment and maintenance of harmonious industrial relations through
social dialogue.

Mr. Mbulu disclosed that at global level, government has identified employment as one of the core issues that will form the United Nations sustainable development agenda beyond 2015 replacing the
Millennial Development Goals (MDGs).

He disclosed that Zambia was moving in tandem with the international community as it implements employment creation activities in various sectors.

And International Labour Organization (ILO) Country Director Martin Clemenson said his organisation was ready to support Zambia improve the labour market in the mining sector.

Mr. Clemenson said stakeholders in the mining and labour should come up with a good proposal of how they want to create more and better jobs in the Zambia mining sector so that the International Labour Organisation can see how to assist them with resources.

The consultative meeting was attended by officials from the Ministries of Labour and Mining and representatives of the Zambia Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU), Zambia Federation of Employers and the Federation of Free Trade Union of Zambia (FFTUZ).