Labour and Social Security Minister Fackson Shamenda has said that the case of the Post Newspaper’s alleged failure to pay workers for over four months is before the Labour Commissioner saying it has not yet been brought to his attention.
Mr. Shamenda said that he can only intervene in the matter if the Labour Commissioner brings it to his attention but that as for now the commissioner is handling it.
He explained that the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) wrote to the Labour Commissioner about the same matter and that afterwards the commissioner will make recommendations which should be followed.
And THE Bill to end casualisation has been drafted and will be tabled in the next sitting of Parliament, Labour and Social Security Minister Fackson Shamenda has said.
Mr Shamenda said in an interview today that the Bill was at the Ministry of Justice for scrutiny and it would be taken to Parliament for amendment into law.
He said the Government was resolute to eliminate casualisation because it was inhibiting access to improved conditions of service for employees.
Mr Shamenda said that once the law was in place, it would be criminal for companies to engage workers on casual basis as such a form of work was not permanent and employees were vulnerable to exploitation.
“The Bill is in the hands of the Ministry of Justice which is making final touches to it and most likely, it will be tabled in the next sitting of Parliament.
“Casualisation means exploitation of workers and it must be stopped if people are to have decent jobs,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has said casualisation should be eliminated to increase the number of people in secure employment.
ZCTU president Nkole Chishimba said in a separate interview that his organisation was of the view that eliminating casualisation would augur well with the Government’s policy on decent job creation.
Mr Chishimba said casual workers did not enjoy privileges such as social security thus making it difficult for them to make a decent living out of the little wages earned.
“We have been very categorical in encouraging the Government to enact a law that prohibits casualisation.
“Enacting this law will make the working environment friendly as people will no longer be victims of poor working conditions,” he said.