Government to hire people to explain labour laws to prospective investors-Shamenda

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Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda (c) flanked by Western Province Permanent Secretary Mwangala Liomba (l) and Western Province Deputy Permanent Secretary Bernard Chomba (r) during the 51st Independence Anniversary celebrations at Mongu Sports Stadium
Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda (c) flanked by Western Province Permanent Secretary Mwangala Liomba (l) and Western Province Deputy Permanent Secretary Bernard Chomba (r) during the 51st Independence Anniversary celebrations at Mongu Sports Stadium
MINISTER of Labour and Social Security Fackson Shamenda says Government will soon recruit labour attachés in selected Zambian missions abroad.

Mr Shamenda said Government will soon open offices for labour attachés at some selected missions abroad starting with Geneva, Switzerland.

He said in Parliament on Wednesday evening that Cabinet had approved the opening of labour offices at some selected missions.

Mr Shamenda said the labour officers to be recruited by the government will be tasked to educate or inform investors intending to invest in Zambia about the country’s labour laws.

“We will soon be recruiting labour officers in some selected missions abroad and I am happy to inform the House that the ministry is just waiting for authority to employ from the Public Service Management Division.

“Once we are given the authority, we will employ starting with Geneva and these officers will be tasked to co-ordinate labour matters,” he said.

Mr Shamenda said Government is working hard to ensure that all the investors adhere to the country’s labour laws.

the labour attachés will be tasked to educate investors on labour matters so that when they come to Zambia, they follow the standards of employment as well as protect the interests of workers.

Mr Shamenda said Government is concerned about some investors that are abrogating the country’s labour laws.

He also said Government will launch the revised National Employment and Labour Market Policy before the end of this year.

Mr Shamenda said the policy is aimed at building an effective labour administration system, adding that his ministry will also launch the 2014 Labour Force Survey by the end of this month.

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  1. I write to complain to Mr. Shamenda on the type of interaction he is growing with some purported foreign investors. As a minister of social security and labour, we don’t expect him to be used by those purported foreign investors to deprive Zambians of what they have worked hard for just because he has been socially engineered to let them do that? In my case, Mr. Shamenda officiated a fraudulent function on 10th April 2015, at Dynalab, a company which cheated the Zambian people and those who attended that such company was giving away 10 brand new Toyota Harriers to its distributors, yet that company did not have any of those purported brand new toyota Harriers but hired used ones from the Zambian public for display purposes. However, mine looked knew as I maintained it nicely, and I…

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  2. Then having done so, Him Mr. Shamaned and his so called puropoed foreign investor is eating when I an sleeping on empty stomachs, yet I was being encouraged to come home from the diaspora and invest my money back home. Is this a oonspiracy of how you plan to steal from us who have been in the diaspora?? What social security and labour protection are you offering to the Zambian people? I cannot be exploited for my vehicle just because I am a woman,I bought genuinely from hard earned money on on island, and Icanot let snales in suits cheat me out of my vehicle. I demand an explanation and to be indemified my loss. Yet when I was deprived of such luxury, teh State owes me millions of kwacha. We need transparency and accountability in implementing social security and labour laws, not…

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  3. Pointless!

    If I need to invest in the UK, all the investment laws and regulations are on UK government website. If I don’t understand what the rules are saying, it is up to me to find a fellow Ngoni person to explain the laws to me in chi Ngoni.

    What is proposed is another blind attempt to create needless positions that will waste borrowed money meant for meaningful development that is able to lift Zambia out of the current levels of poverty.

    Abandon the idea; and God perish the thought.

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  4. I also don’t agree with the prposed employment of labour officers at the Embassies, as if to say; investors who wish to come to Zambia to invest plan how to exploit the workers, so they should know how not to – because that is what has been cited as the example of the evil to be addressed by the ‘ambassador’ labour officers! Labour laws are broadly the same, especially those dealing with exploitatio and abuse of workers, so the investors must already know, as members of ILO, as they think Zambia. They should come to Zambia and request these labour briefings from the local offices, and the latter should send the officers locally.

    Yes, it will be a waste of money, I agree, and an avenue to send the junior Shamendas abroad to work!

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  5. There is no merit in this thinking Mr Shamenda. The only possibility is you want to create jobs for friends and relatives to work in the diaspora at huge costs to the already overstretched economy of Zambia. Every Investor must comply to the Labour Laws in Zambia period!

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