Minister of Labour Joyce Simukoko has advised the labour movement in Zambia to rebrand and capture all workers including those in the private and informal sectors.
Speaking during a meeting with the Zambian delegation are attending the 106 International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland Mrs. Simukoko noted that many workers are suffering because of lack of representation.
She said only 20 percent of workers in the country are unionised.
The Minister noted that her tour of the Kamwala trading centre in Lusaka revealed that most workers are not even being paid the minimum wage because they lack representation.
And Zambia Federation of Employers -ZFE- President Wesley Chishimba said trade unions should make themselves relevant to the private sector who mainly are focused on investments though not at the expense of employees.
But Zambia Congress of Trade Unions -ZCTU President Chishimba Nkole said the unions have performed well and have increased their numbers by penetrating the private sector.