the judicial and allied workers union of zambia (jawuz) says the appointment of former labour leaders like mr fackson shamenda and rayford mbulo to the ministry of labour should not be a political weapon to silence and intimidate workers in the country as the case was in 1991.
according to a press statement the union says this should rather be the timely opportunity for the appointed leaders to inspire the youth and women.
jawuz general secretary vincent makondo says both leaders mr shamenda and mr mbulo have had an opportunity to represent workers in the mmd government and therefore ascending to the ministerial positions responsible for labour matters should not be a political appeasement.
mr. makondo has stated that the appointment should however be an opportunity to dearly demonstrate their understanding and value for labour rights and human conditions of service for the zambian workers.
the union has also urged the zambia congress of trade union zctu and free trade union of zambia fftuz leadership to be alert and take a leading role in championing labor rights.
mr. makondo says the recent protests and work stoppages is a sign of discontent by their members.
meanwhile mr. makondo has further called on the workers countrywide allow national unions and the new government to address the various challenges they are facing instead of going on unnecessary strikes.
he has cautioned workers that rampant protest and work stoppage surfacing after the recent elections is not a good sign for a good cause national development./////