ZCTU pledges to work with State


THE Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) says it will work with Government to ensure that the targeted 100,000 decent jobs are realised so that unemployed citizens are absorbed into the productive sectors of the economy.
And ZCTU has advised politicians and employers against intimidating workers because it threatens productivity.
ZCTU president Chishimba Nkole said this at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday.
“The macro-economic target to create 100,000 decent jobs by the end of 2017 is, therefore, commendable considering the moderate annual growth target of 3.4 percent and the low annual inflation target of not more than nine percent,” he said.
Mr Nkole, however, said the pronouncement should not only remain on paper but be interpreted into action.
“We cannot continue toying around with unemployment due to the many implications this has on our economy. We are calling on Government to act now to curb future ramifications and threats to our economy this will have,” he said.
He said employers need workers and vice-versa and should take advantage of each other.
And Mr Nkole has described 2016 as challenging to workers due to job losses, especially in the mining sector.

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