The opposition UPND has urged workers in the country to unite against the continued violation of their rights by the Patriotic Front (PF) government.
UPND chairperson for mines Percy Chanda says it is shameful and irresponsible for PF to fail to pay workers what is due to them, adding that doing so amounts to abrogation of agreed contractual obligations.
“If you agreed to be paid on 25th of every Month, the employer is under obligation to pay you on that date or even earlier should 25th fall on a weekend or holiday and not after, unless otherwise. And should you go for a month or so without pay, it simply means the employer has abrogated the agreed contractual obligations,” Chanda said in a statement today.
Chanda notes it is unfortunate that government, being the largest employer, is in the forefront violating workers’ rights with impunity.
“Government being the largest employer in the Country is sending wrong signals to the private sector that are likely to copy these bad and greedy manners from them. It’s very shameful and irresponsible for PF to fail to pay workers what is due to them but purchase the state of the art aircraft. Workers must unite against the PF regime for them to survive and avoid destitution.”
On the incident where suspected PF cadres beat up striking Kabwe Municipal Council workers, Chanda said: “Where do PF cadres come in the contract that is only between two parties? On the other hand why is the voice of the Zambian worker too weak nowadays compared to the mid 70s? Something has totally gone wrong. Never in the history of this Country has Party cadres been sent to beat workers for whatever reasons whether illegal or not. Not even the once powerful UNIP vigilantes ever involved themselves in labour disputes. As UPND we demand that Police must arrest those Kabwe PF cadres without delay.”