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Employers welcome casualisation ban

TEDDY KUYELA, Lusaka & ZUMANI KATASEFA, Luanshya
THE Zambia Federation of Employers (ZFE) and Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) have supported amendments to the Employment Act that bans casualisation and unjustified termination of employment in the country.
ZFE executive director Harrington Chibanda said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the amendments to the Employment Act have come at the right time when many Zambians have been complaining about the unfair termination of employment and casualisation.
“ZFE has no problem with this amendment to the Employment Act because it is meant to protect our people against casualisation and unfair termination of employment.
“We are, however, of the view that even the employer should have been given the powers to terminate someone’s employment if notice is given with valid reasons,” Mr Chibanda said.
He said the ZFE is happy that the government has ended casualisation.
Mr Chibanda urged Government to employ more labour inspectors to help enforce the law.
On Wednesday, Minister of Labour and Social Security Fackson Shamenda announced that President Lungu on November 26 this year signed into law the amendments to the Employment Act and that the law was published on December 3, 2015.
And the Professional Teachers Union of Zambia (PROTUZ) has hailed Government for banning casualisation of employment and unjustified termination of labour.
PROTUZ secretary general Albert Muyembe said yesterday that the move was long overdue because Zambians have been exploited by investors for a long time.
Zambia United Local Authority Workers Union (ZULAWU) secretary general Kingsley Zulu says the PF government under President Lungu has proven that it is the government of the people by banning casualisation of labour.
Mr Zulu said many Zambian workers had suffered under the name of casualisation.
Meanwhile, VIOLET MENGO reports from Lusaka that ZCTU president Nkole Chishimba has condemned anti-union tendencies perpetuated by some employers who have continued to stifle the rights of workers.
He was speaking in Lusaka at the end of the year press conference where he reviewed the year 2014 giving the successes and challenges in the labour movement.
Mr Chishimba advised Government through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to revise other archaic laws and called for the strengthening of the inspectorate unit under the ministry.
He appealed to the ZFE to work with the labour movement in educating employers on labour laws and the newly amended Employment Act.

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