Power and Politics

Party leader, other stakeholders call for protection of workers in Zambia


Citizens First party president, Harry Kalaba, has called on government to protect and shield workers from possible abuse by employers who only want to maximise profits.

In a message to commemorate International World Labour Day, Kalaba said most employers were doing this at the back of a vulnerable labour force in the country.

Kalaba noted the need to place the emphasis on the welfare and protection of workers at every level in order to have a motivated labour force.

He stated that this would make the labour force to be ready and prepared to go an extra mile in the quest to develop Zambia.

“Labour as we know, is a key component in the production value chain of goods and services,” Kalaba said.

He stated that Zambia would not succeed as a nation without the right mix of both skilled and non-skilled talents.

“As a nation, let’s use this day to reflect on what’s working and fix what’s not working to the benefit of not only workers but the economy and nation as a whole,” Kalaba advised.

He re-echoed that party’s rallying call to place Zambian citizens first in all economic endeavors.

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Adding his voice to the commemoration, BuyZed Founder, Evans Ngoma, pleaded with organisations and businesses to create a win-win situation in work places.

“There is need to reward the workers fairly and help to cushion the economic impact on their wellbeing,” Ngoma stated.

He noted that a motivated workforce was key to boosting productivity and that workers were an integral part of any business or organisation.

Ngoma added that at the heart of every value chain and production process was a dedicated worker who was an indispensable cog that drove the economy.

“As we commemorate this day, our desire as BuyZed is to see to it that by having an intentional preference for locally-produced goods, we create sustainable jobs and boost our economy,” he said.

Ngoma stated that job creation was one of the key focus areas for BuyZed campaign and one sure way of ensuring that this was achieved is by the citizens, individually and collectively promoting local products.

This year’s Labour Day, is being celebrated under the theme “Building resilience, workers at the heart of Zambia’s economic recovery.”

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