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ZCTU LAUNCHES WORKERS MANIFESTO TO DEAL WITH EMPLOYMENT ISSUES

By Francis Chipalo

INFORMALITY of the workforce is one of the biggest challenges that compounds the problem of unemployment and joblessness as it entails living on income that is earned on a daily basis, the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has said.

And ZCTU has launched the Worker’s Manifesto ahead of the 2021 General Elections slated for August 12.

Speaking at the launch in Lusaka, ZCTU President Chishimba Nkole said the worker’s manifesto was developed by ZCTU as a culmination of work towards fostering National Development, Trade Union Unity, Solidarity and Trade Union Transformation.

Mr Nkole said the development of the Manifesto has come at an opportune time when Zambia is holding General Elections, adding that it is therefore the building block on which the worker’s aspirations will be presented to various political players aspiring for public office.

 “In this regard, the Worker’s Manifesto not only contains the aspirations of the workers, but the demands and aspirations of the Zambian people. The Worker’s Manifesto contains both worker-specific demands and aspirations of the nation as a whole,” Mr Nkole said. Meanwhile, Fredrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) representative Kathy Kate Short said her foundation was passionate about the labour movement because it plays an important role in Democracy and hence partnering with ZCTU.

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