ZCTU irrelevant, condemned

THE Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has become a Zombie which is being used to fight foreign and frustrated agendas on behalf of the enemy of the State, former Open Society Foundation executive director Sunday Chanda has charged.

Mr Chanda said threats and calls by the ZCTU on members of Parliament (MPs) to vote against the 2015 Budget were not only irresponsible but highly unconscionable.

He accused ZCTU of championing an agenda that had serious ramifications on the national economy supported by enemies of the State.

Mr Chanda said ZCTU was failing to play its leading role in civil society, which included keeping the Government in check on matters affecting the general public.

He said it was sad that the initial ZCTU agenda had allegedly been hijacked by mouthpieces of alien forces being advanced by some frustrated elements within and outside the PF Government.

Zambia is witnessing a labour movement that is deciding on measures without researching into the underlying fundamental socio-economic ramifications,” said Mr. Chanda.

He said ZCTU had a duty to settle disputes with government efficiently and effectively to avoid conflicts and industrial action that would have adverse economic consequences, a role which they have auctioned to the enemy of government.

“ZCTU has a duty to ensure workers’ demands are justifiable and within reason and also that workers’ rights are not infringed upon in any way.

Further, ZCTU must appreciate that changes in working conditions and wages should be sustainable and should not be a financial burden to public funds to which all Zambians are entitled.

Mr. Chanda also accused some ZCTU leaders of using the labour movement to enrich themselves from their masters who were busy fighting government on behalf of frustrated State enemies.

“We do not need to remind these bourgeois that public funds exist for all Zambians and not just one sector of the population.

To therefore argue that K23.3 billion out of K46.7 billion be channelled towards emoluments  for public servants is inconceivable and irresponsible on the part of ZCTU,” he said.

“ZCTU is failing to discern its broader role to play in national development over and above protecting workers’ rights and improving their economic status.

If ZCTU had been sincere with its demands, they would have researched into the efficient ways of addressing existing inequalities and unfairness in a way that causes less or no injury to the economy but improves on the current public remuneration structure,” he said.