Labour and Social Security Minister Fackson Shamenda has appealed to the Zambia Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) to engage in serious dialogue with government on the wage freeze imposed on the public service.
Speaking when he officiated at a one day consultative workshop on the 2015 national budget workshop organized by the ZCTU in conjunction with Freidrich Ebert Stiftung this morning, Mr. Shamenda stressed the need for trade unions to avoid rushing to the media whenever they are aggrieved.
Mr. Shamenda says dialogue is key to resolving any pressing issues affecting the well being of workers at any level.
The Minister states that it will be hard for government and other stakeholders to reach a positive conclusion on the wage freeze if the unions do not consider serous dialogue while the wound is still fresh.
Mr. Shamenda has since challenged the labour movement to convince government on merit than scream through the media if their calls are to yield positive results.
And Mr Shamenda says no government wants to see workers being exploited or abused adding that the Patriotic Front has clearly stated that workers should be fairly remunerated.
And speaking earlier, ZCTU President Leonard Hikaumba has observed that the country has continued to struggle with high poverty levels.
Mr. Hikaumba has also noted with sadness that efforts to create employment in the country have not been effective.