Human Resource Institute welcomes banning of foreigners from taking up HR manager jobs
THE Zambia Institute for Human Resource Management (ZIHRM) and the labour movement have welcomed Government’s decision to ban foreigners from taking up Human Resource Management (HRM) jobs in all the institutions in Zambia.
ZIHRM president Winner Kanyemba said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that Zambia had enough local professionals who were competent to execute the functions of human resource in any institution.
He said the local human resource personnel had a better understanding of the Zambian labour laws, the environment and the culture making them better placed for the job.
He said since the Zambianisation programme was introduced, the ZIHRM had trained a good number of human resource personnel to carry out the functions of HRM in both private and public institutions.
“For national economic development to be strengthened human resource officers who understand the environment in which the institution is operating in are desired,” he said.
He said the HRM had an important role to play in an institution of ensuring right attitudes were instilled in employees.
Mr Kanyemba said this had not been so with the influx of foreigners taking up HRM who did not understand the local culture thereby compromising performance of employees.
He said the institute was willing to work with the ministry of Labour to conduct inspections to ensure that all institutions engaged local human resource officers.
The ZIHRM Act number 11 of 1997 also demands that all human resource managers should be affiliated with the institution.
Federation of Free Trade Unions of Zambia (FFTUZ) president Joyce Nonde-Simukoko said the move would make it easier for the labour movement to negotiate for conditions of service for the workers.
Ms Simukoko said the benefit of the local HRM was that they understood the needs of workers in terms of their environment culture, practices and attitude.
And the Zambia Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) president Leonard Hikaumba said the move would bring sanity in the labour industry which had been marred with intolerance and abusive language.
He said it was sad that in some institutions, foreign HRMs were even denying their employers to attend funerals for close relatives for failure of understanding the cultural system in Zambia.
“It’s unfortunate that some HRM in some of these companies are disregarding the cultural heritage of the country such as denying employees to attend funerals for close family members,” he said.