Workers in Zambia, from both the public and private sector, joined the rest of the world in commemorating this year’s International Workers Day with President Edgar Lungu calling on them to work even harder for the country’s economic independence.
The workers turned up to celebrate the event despite calls by the country’s main opposition party, the United Party for National Development (UPND), which said workers should boycott the event as a protest on government’s insensitivity to address issues affecting them.
Workers gathered at various centers throughout the country to celebrate the event with the main event in Lusaka, the country’s capital taking place at the Freedom Statue. The event was preceded by a march past.
The Zambian leader, in remarks delivered during the event, hailed workers for their contributions to the country’s development in the last 50 years, including during the struggle for the country’s political independence.
“In the same spirit, as we embark on a journey of economic liberation for our next 50 years, I am calling upon all workers to work even harder as we move even further together in our new liberation crusade, this time for our economic independence,” the Zambian leader said.
This year’s theme is “Promoting National Economic Growth through Job Creation, Free Collective Bargaining and Respect of Workers’ Rights” and the Zambian leader said the theme fits well with his administration’s vision of fostering economic growth and promoting decent jobs. Enditem