Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) says there is need for the ratification of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) protocol on employment and labour to promote fair labour practices.
The umbrella body said this would lead to improved working conditions within the region.
The protocol aims to ensure that workers’ rights are upheld and protected, thereby enhancing economic and social development in member states.
ZCTU First Deputy President, Joseph Chewe, said this at the just ended three-day meeting of the SADC Employment and Labour Sector (ELS) joint Tripartite Technical Committee held at Oliver Tambo Protea Hotel in Johanesburg, South Africa.
Chewe stated that the protocol also held the potential to increase investment and economic growth, improve productivity and create a stable and conducive environment for businesses to thrive.
He stated that the protocol would contribute to the creation of a level playing field for workers across the SADC region by establishing common standards for employment and labor practices.
Chewe noted that the ongoing green and digital transition presented immense opportunities for job creation and economic growth among the SADC Member States in the region.
He urged SADC Member States to embrace the transition and ensure that the workforce had the necessary skills and knowledge to serve a changing world.
Chewe called for collaborative efforts among governments, employers, and employees in finding innovative solutions that lead to a prosperous future.
He further urged SADC Member States to share the best practices to harness the potential in these transitions and unlock new errors of inclusiveness and sustainable growth.
The SADC Employment and Labour Sector Joint Tripartite Technical Committee is aimed at reviewing progress in the implementation of sector programmes and making suitable recommendations for consideration by the senior Government Officials and Ministers at their next meeting.
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