By KASONDE KASONDE -
THE Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has pledged to work with the Government to ensure that the targeted 100,000 jobs are created by the end of next year.
ZCTU president Nkole Chishimba said the Government’s target to create 100,000 decent jobs by the end of 2017 was commendable as thousands of unemployed citizens would be absorbed into productive sectors of the economy.
“It is commendable that Government’s commitment towards job creation can be reflected in the macro-economic targets. As a labour movement we hope this will be interpreted into action and we call upon the Government to act in order to curb future ramifications,” Mr Chishimba said.
Mr Chishimba was speaking in Lusaka yesterday at the end-of-year Press briefing.
He said the workers underwent a lot of difficulties during the year 2016 which was as a result of low productivity, poor bargaining systems, political interference and loss of jobs.
Mr Chishimba, however, said workers had remained strong and determined to continue the struggle for workers’ rights, improved wages and salaries.
He said ZCTU appreciated that the 2017 national Budget that was presented in November had prioritised the fight against corruption to avoid abuse of resources and improve efficiency in the public service financial management.
Mr Chishimba said the labour movement remained hopeful that the Government would also play its full role in creating and sustaining the conditions needed for Zambians to unleash their potential to develop themselves and the nation.
He said the labour movement was concerned with the pace at which the, negotiations between public service unions and the Government were moving and the unions would not accept an imposed wage freeze.
Mr Chishimba said ZCTU believed that a wage freeze should be negotiated between the labour movement and the Government, and the two should hold negotiations in the spirit of give-and-take so that each party would be satisfied with the outcome.