Government has expressed concern at the increase of trade unions being registered in the country.
Copperbelt Minister Davies Mwila said in Kabwe today that the increase in trade unions was causing divisions among workers thereby affected negotiations of salaries and conditions of services.
Mr Mwila said this when he officiated at the International Labour Day celebrations whose theme was, “Enhancing workers’ rights for sustainable development’ at the Kabwe Municipal council grounds today.
He said government was not happy with this situation because it weakened the voice of the workers and implored all union leaders to take this into consideration and to consider merging unions to pave way for a strong union and leadership with one voice.
Mr Mwila also noted that unemployment was still high in the country and government was determined to develop and implement policies and programs that will focus on decent job creation for all Zambians.
He said Patriotic Front government appreciated the warm relations and support from the workers since it took office last year.
Meanwhile, Federation for Free Trade Unions (FFTUZ) has called on government to revise the labour laws and give more teeth to the Ministry of Labour by taking it back to its original state as a stand-alone ministry.
FFTUZ representative, Martin Maseka said in Kabwe today that the labour laws should be in conformity with international labour standards especially on freedom of association and the rights of workers to choose their leaders in full freedom.
Mr Maseka said labour laws should be strengthened to protect workers in the event of corporate failures, mergers and acquisitions and the resultant redundancies.
He also said government was having sleepless nights over strikes due to a deficiency of freedom of association as employers were not allowing workers to join unions and freely bargain terms and conditions of employment.