Local people participate in a march to mark the International Labor Day in Lusaka, Zambia, May 1, 2018. Zambia on Tuesday joined the rest of the world in commemorating Labor Day with a grand ceremony held in Lusaka, the country's capital. (Xinhua/Peng Lijun) (srb)
Local people participate in a march to mark the International Labor Day in Lusaka, Zambia, May 1, 2018. Zambia on Tuesday joined the rest of the world in commemorating Labor Day with a grand ceremony held in Lusaka, the country's capital. (Xinhua/Peng Lijun) (srb)

Zambia on Tuesday joined much of the world in commemorating Labor Day with a grand ceremony held in Lusaka, the country’s capital.

Held under the theme, “Building Partnerships for Sustainable National Development through Decent Job Creation and Social Justice,” the event was preceded by a colorful parade by workers from both the public and private sectors from the Civic Center along Independence Avenue to the Freedom Statue.

President Edgar Lungu, who was the guest of honor, said workers need to be compensated properly because they are crucial to the running of industries.

The Zambian leader expressed concern that most workers in the country are struggling to meet their basic needs because of getting meager disposable incomes.

The government, he said, has since intensified measures to conduct labor inspections to ensure that employers adhere to the country’s labor laws and that plans to revive the minimum wage had reached an advanced stage.

Workers in the country deserve decent jobs that provide social justice, he said, calling for social dialogue in work places to ensure industrial harmony.

The government, he said, will endeavor to create a conducive environment that promotes inclusive approach to tackling challenges facing workers in the country.

“Economic growth that brings decent jobs can only be achieved through partnership,” he said.

Lungu emphasized the need to promote safety in the workplace.

Minister of Labor and Social Security Joyce Simukoko said there could be no sustainable development without decent jobs and social justice and urged the trade unions to ensure that negotiations for workers’ conditions should not just be about salary increments but should include social protection.

Zambia Congress of Trade Unions president Chishimba Nkole said workers are still facing conditions characterized by poor salaries, high taxation, and environments that lack proper safety measures.

It would be difficult for the country to achieve radical economic transformation if workers continue to be exploited, he said. Enditem

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