Labour raises concerns over rising cost of living, as govt cautions members against partisan politics


The Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has raised concerns over increases in the cost of living, particularly the staple food in the country.

ZCTU president, Blake Mulala, expressed concern that the situation was affecting the workers and citizens at large.

Mulala was speaking during the 6th Quadrennial conference of the Secondary School Teachers’ Union of Zambia held in Livingstone on Friday.

“As a labour movement, we call on the government to come up with a short term measure to mitigate the cost of living,” he said.

He further said the labour movement was also concerned with monthly review of the fuel pump price which he said was not helping workers in the country.

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The ZCTU president instead suggested that review of fuel pump price should be done quarterly because it was hurting workers.

At the same function, Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary in charge of education services, Joel Kamoko, urged union leaders to always prioritise the welfare of their members.

“Those in leadership should ensure they adequately represent the welfare of their members and not theirs,” Kamoko said.

He further cautioned members to desist from practicing partisan politics as teachers but instead provide services for what they are paid for.

Kamoko urged members to be deligent and accountable to both the union and their employer, the government

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