Zambia Decent work Country Profile Launched

The Zambian government and its cooperating partners have today launched the Zambia Decent Work Country Profile in an effort to make decent work a priority for all Zambian workers both in the formal and informal sector.

The Decent Work Country Profile which is a statistical analysis of Zambia’s progress towards realizing decent work will contribute to the objectives of the national Development agenda as stipulated in the Sixth National development plan.

The profile will make it possible for government, employers and workers organizations to take continuous stock of the progress made in Zambia towards attaining decent work and to also identify appropriate actions, policies, strategies and programs to address decent work deficits in the country.

Speaking during the launch in Lusaka this morning, labour and social securities minister, Fackson Shamenda, noted that the priorities of the decent work country priorities cannot be achieved unless the rights of both the employees and employers are respected.

Shamen says government’s approach to its continued commitment to promoting equity and social justice for all, it is reviewing the national employment and labor market policy as well as undertaking major pension’s reforms.

Speaking at the same event, International Labour Organization country director for Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe, Martin Clemensson, says by developing and implementing national policies that follow the decent work agenda, the government of Zambia can help ensure that all Zambians have access to productive work.

C-lemmensson says Goverme can also help workers to earn a fair income, security in their workplaces and social protection that gives them the freedom to participate in the decisions that affect their lives.

And Federation for Free Trade Unions (FFTUZ) National secretary Lyson Mando says the importance of independent and democratic unions that allow employees and employers alike to gather and unite behind their respective causes and agendas cannot be overemphasized.

Mando notes that the right to collective bargaining and negotiations are fundamental cornerstones of a democratic society and are rights that must be preserved and protected at all times.