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ZCTU URGES EMPLOYERS TO RESPECT WORKERS

ZCTU URGES EMPLOYERS TO RESPECT WORKERS

July 22
16:05 2017

 By Bryan Chafilwa

The Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has called on company owners to and employers to adhere to set rules and regulations that protects the well being of their workers.

Speaking at the official opening of the quadrennial conference at Fairview Hotel in Lusaka organized by the Grain and Meat Union of Zambia, ZCTU Secretary General, Cosmas Mukuka said employers have the duty to protect and promote the well being of their workers by ensuring that better wages, better working conditions and attractive emoluments were accorded to employees.

He also noted that, notwithstanding the obligation that employers have to ensure workers are not exploited, Mr Mukuka observed that there was a correlation between a proper work culture and better conditions of service, thereby urging workers to work hard and do the right thing.

“There’s is a correlation between financial emoluments and a proper work culture. As much as we believe that employers are not supposed to exploit their workers by underpaying them, employees, too, have a duty to work hard and be paid for their services. We have noted that there are a number of companies which do not adhere proper work standards.

And we have also found companies in Zambia where we have tried to have many workers to join trade unions, but we have met various challenges in various ways. We call upon all employers in the country to create a conducive work environment for their workers, ” he said.

Meanwhile, speaking at the same function, Grains and Meat Union of Zambia (GRAMUZ) Secretary General, Adon Mulala said that there is need for workers to have security in their work places and that it was the sole responsibility of employers to put in place measures that enables workers to have a motivating work environment.

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