MINEWORKERS Union of Zambia (MUZ) president Nkole Chishimba has won the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) presidency by a landslide margin after beating Civil Servants and Allied Workers Union of Zambia (CSAWUZ) leader Davies Chiyobe.
Mr Chishimba drew 193 votes against Mr Chiyobe’s 99 votes in elections whose results were announced at 02:00 hours yesterday.
Zambia National Union of Teachers (ZNUT) president Newman Bubala was elected ZCTU first deputy president after polling 272 votes while National Energy Sector and Allied Workers Union (NESAWU) president Manson Mtambo became ZCTU second deputy president after polling 139 votes against Meat and Grain Workers Union president Blake Mulala who got 119 votes.
Former ZCTU deputy secretary general Cosmas Mukuka scooped the secretary general position with 235 votes against Judiciary and Allied Workers Union of Zambia president Peter Mwale who got 56 votes.
And Mr Chishimba has appealed to Government to address the plight of workers, arguing that there is no strong economy with a poorly paid working class.
Mr Chishimba also urged Government to address the plight of workers at TimesPrintpak, who have gone without salaries for four months.
He also commended the Patriotic Front (PF) top officials for reconciling.
Closing the meeting, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Security Rayford Mbulu said Government is committed to working with the union to ensure a productive labour force that will grow the economy.
Outgoing ZCTU president Leonard Hikaumba called for unity to ensure the new leaders succeed in pushing forward the agenda of the Zambian worker.
And Zambia Federation of Employers president Tyson Chisambo has urged the labour movement to be flexible in negotiating for better conditions of service so as not to make Zambia an unattractive investment destination for employment creation.
Mr Chisambo urged the labour movement to champion social dialogue on labour markets with stakeholders.
“Your role should not be seen in negotiating for better conditions of employment for those already in employment but also make a positive contribution towards creation of jobs in the country by making workable proposals and also not make the cost of labour very high,” he said.
Meanwhile, ZCTU Livingstone chairperson Maybin Kashumba has called on Government to urgently domesticate the new law that criminalises casualisation of labour, which he said has engulfed the tourism industry in Livingstone.
Mr Kashumba challenged Government to also start grading hotels and lodges, as knowing the status of these institutions has a lot of benefits to both Government and unions.
And Friedrich Ebert Stiftung resident director Hemut Elischer has implored the labour movement to ensure workers’ rights are fully safeguarded and well-represented.
Mr Elischer urged ZCTU to continue playing an active role in policy formulation and offering checks and balances to Government.