ZCTU tell off Shamenda

Workers in the country should not be intimidated by Labour and Social Security Minister, Fackson Shamenda and should feel free to go on strike if they are aggrieved, says Zambia Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) general secretary Roy Mwaba.

And Mr Mwaba has called on all workers in the country to pray for President Michael Chilufya Sata as he was not well.

aHe was speaking during the Zambia Bureau of Standards Workers’ Union (ZABSWU) executive committee elections at Amaka Lodge in Lusaka on Saturday.

Mr Mwaba urged workers at ZABS not to be intimidated by the Minister of Labour because everyone had the right to go on strike.

“Do not be scared because after being given a ministerial position, he has changed as if he has never been a trade unionist,” he said

Mr Mwaba told ZABSWU new executive to always be driven by the hunger to be fired.

“In life you must struggle in order to succeed, if you do not struggle then you can not succeed,” he told the workers.

Mr Mwaba said he had managed to attract over 10 affiliates to ZCTU during his tenure of office because of had work and struggle.

“When I came to ZCTU, we had about 26 affiliates but today the union has about 36 committed affiliates,” he said.

And ZABSWU out going secretary general Isaah Mulenga told Mr Mwaba that he would always go back to the union to seek advice.

“I will always remain committed and we shall look to you, sir, for strength and advice as young unionists,” Mr Mulenga said.

Meanwhile, newly elected ZABSWU president Baiston M’tonga who won unopposed promised ZCTU that he would always prioritise the affairs of the employees.

“We shall unbundle the all-inclusive salary. Transport and housing allowance will be well categorized. Overtime shall apply to all employees,” Mr M’tonga said.

He added that commuted overtime would be abolished so that employees were paid according to extra man hours gained.

Others elected, included Antony Munyenyembe as secretary general, Nicholas Chikongwani and Mulenga Chikwanda as vice presidents respectively.

Simpasa Kaoma (unopposed) was elected as the treasurer while Iyan Musenge and Chilengwe Nsama were elected as trustee members.