Unionism is a right-Labour Commissioner

 Unionism is a right-Labour Commissioner

By Staff Writer 
Labour Commissioner Givens Muntengwa has advised Human Resource practitioners to allow unionism in their work places.

Speaking during a sensitization meeting for some Human Resource Practitioners from the private sector at Government complex organized by the Lusaka Provincial office of Ministry of Labour, he emphasized that employers with more than 25 employees must be allowed to engage in unionism as a requirement by the law.

Mr Muntengwa said unionism is a right and an individual should not be fired on that basis.

He has warned that any organization found denying their employees the right to join the union of their choice will be charged to pay a fine of K30, 000 in accordance with the Employment Code Act.

The Commissioner guided that Human Resource practitioners play an important role as a tool of trade adding that they have the mandate to educate workers to enhance their understanding of the labour laws in order to ensure industrial harmony.

Mr Muntengwa has advised the Human Resource cadre to respect the contracts of employment and ensuring that the provisions are implemented to the latter.

He has also urged that organizations must ensure employees are provided with protective personal equipment (PPEs) at all times.

The meeting is meant to educate Human Resource practitioners on the importance of organizations adhering to the labour laws of the country. This is the second meeting, the first one was held in July this year.

Alice Nachilembe


Alice Nachilembe is a Journalist who yearns for a better country with leaders being accountable to their mandate without oppressing the governed.