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It is illegal to terminate a contract of a Zambian worker and fill the vacancy with an expatriate-Kaziya

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Labour commissioner Chanda Kaziya says it is illegal for any company to terminate a contract of a Zambian worker and fill the vacancy with an expatriate.

Mr. Kaziya has also directed all foreign employers to employ qualified human resource practitioners who are conversant with Zambian Labour laws.

He says the new Labour act is a good piece of legislation that has been crafted to protect the interests of Zambians.

Mr. Kaziya was speaking in Kitwe after conducting a training workshop of about sixty-five representatives of Chinese companies based on the Copperbelt.

He implored the participants to desist from the tendency of employing workers on good will without following laid down procedures.

And speaking earlier, Zambia Chinese Association -ZCA- vice president Wang Xin who is also president of Copperbelt chapter said participants have collectively updated themselves with the new employment act.

Mr. Wang explained that his association will continue to engage the ministry of labour for continuous sensitization to avoid conflict with the Zambian labour laws.

18 COMMENTS

  1. When GRZ tried to run the mines in the eighties and early nineties what happened?When we let Zambians run Zambia Airways what happened? Lungu should be next and we’ll hire Paul Kagame.

    • I worked in Zambia about 5 years and have worked in USA for 20 years, Americans are very lazy too and it all comes to if someone can get away with it will always take advantage. I’m talking about even with accountability. One of my worst critics at work , back home and right here in the states is about them cats thinking I’m a show off because of my great work ethics. I’m just great at utilizing the 8 hrs/d I was hired for since being a constructive slacker isn’t part of me.

  2. Zambians are lazy, poor work ethics and are not cost-effective when it comes to using their working hours, spend too much time on drinking teas, eating lunch, gossiping, surfing social media and hours at a stretch on phone calls, in meetings after meetings. See the time a Chinese contractor takes to build houses and other buildings ( one of them built for me two houses in the same yard) in 6 months and 19 days, fully furnished, ready to lease out, at less than 70% of the cost that Zambian contractor was demanding with completion time of 9 months.

    • @ Nali. You state that ” @ less than 70% of what the Zambian contractors were asking for, the Chinese have built you two houses …..”. Let me tell you that European contractors could have asked twice what the Zambians were asking for. If all the nations start looking only at the price, then all contracts will go to the Chinese. Let us recognise that Zambian workers have built so many nations and can also do it in Zambia.

    • I agree ….they dont even have proper skills and that’s really demotivating for employers who is already struggling hard.

  3. No comments other than to say the Chinese are here to stay and Zambians have bad work ethics, if any. Fish rots from the head.

  4. My Swiss wife has worked with many zambians and always complained about how lazy most of them were. I can’t argue with her as I have experienced the same managing most zambians. My white Swiss wife is normally right

  5. Bwana labour Commissioner send your people to Kafue steel and ascertain how the Indians who were kicked out of Uganda are treating our people. The Chinese are better employers than the hot chilly eating idol worshiping Indians.

  6. Zambian workers and pilfering, nepotism, regionalism, laziness and smelling alcohol on mondays, oh me, they simply run your investments straight into a pit latrine.

    They pilfered just anything, including toilet paper

  7. Some Zambian workers and pilfering, nepotism, regionalism, laziness and smelling alcohol on mondays, oh me, they can simply run your investments straight into a pit latrine.

    They pilfered just anything, including toilet paper

  8. I can see the negativity from the zambians here, it shows lack qualifications for negative comments feeling jelousy for those qualified zambians. We have one of the best human resource(skilled) man power. Instead of you spporting your fellows so u could also get employed there by, you are pulling down. Let me tell you these so called expatriates come in zambia blank, and learn tye job from the zambian and become a boss

  9. Chinese are not big of a problem compared to indians. Check all big indian companies and you will be shocked. Since the new labour law came in nothing has changed in those companies people are still signing contracts based on 10‰ gratuity and 15% gratuity.

  10. Indian companies still do not adhere to the new labour act. They are taking advantage of poor workers especially with the issue of gratuity. Desperate workers keep being exploited on that issue.

  11. It is difficult to run business here Zambia. Imagine you are awarded a contract of supplying cranes, excavators and other heavy duty machinery. Question is where do you get the machine? The next thing is you sub contract the same foreigner. The key thing is changing other useless laws that disadvantage a poor Zambian citizen. especially the issue of obtaining mining licenses and other important documents it becomes a taboo. God is not a liar by saying this in Deuteronomy 28 :43-45. It the fulfilment of the scriptures bwana labour commissioner,so do something we are too educated to be employees instead of being share holders in the same foreign companies.

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