ZUFIAW CALLS FOR LABOUR MARKET THAT HELPS WORKERS PLAN FOR RETIREMENT
As Zambia joins the rest of the world to celebrate International Labour Day that falls on may 1, ZUFIAW general secretary Mr. Chingati Msiska has urged all stakeholders in the labour market to take the occasion as a chance to reflect on the immense impact Zambian workers have had in shaping this great country.
And Mr. Msiska has challenged government to comprehensively address the growing problem of income inequality in the country. He noted that whilst workers were continuing to be poorly paid, employers were reaping all the benefits.
He said, “The term working poor should not exist in this country. The focus of our leaders should be to make sure that anyone who wants to work can find a quality job and provide for themselves and their family. The labour market should be such that it should help workers better plan for retirement so that after years in the workforce people can enjoy the fruits of their labour”.
He implored government to take steps, such as intensifying labour inspections, to make sure everyone in the workforce is treated and compensated in ways that reflect the effort they put in as well as updating occupational health and safety rules so that no one has to risk their life or health for their job.
And Mr. Msiska has urged workers to continue working in a smart manner and reminded them that employment was more than a paycheck: “they afford us the ability to take care of our family, friends, and neighbors; to save for that well-deserved retirement; and to give back to our communities”.
He assured workers ZUFIAW would not relent to fight and advocate for better conditions of service as it believes that a motivated worker is a productive worker.
ISSUED BY MR. CHINGATI MSISKA
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