Thursday, April 05, 2007

Mukuma bemoans shortage of labour inspectors

Mukuma bemoans shortage of labour inspectors
By Nomusa Michelo
Thursday April 05, 2007 [04:00]

LABOUR deputy minister Austin Liato has said only 12 labour inspectors have been employed between 2005 and 2006. Responding to a question from Mpika Central member of parliament Mwansa Kapeya who wanted to know how many factory inspectors had been employed from 2005 to 2006, Liato said only 12 had been employed of which six were based in Lusaka, three in Ndola, two in Kitwe and one in Livingstone.

And labour minister Ronald Mukuma said the ministry still did not have adequate factory inspectors and that as soon as more people were recruited, inspections would be extended to farms as well.
Mukuma also said there was still lack of knowledge of Zambian labour laws by some investors as well as a lack of capacity by the ministry to enforce the labour laws.

Tourism deputy minister Michael Kaingu told Parliament that Sun International in Livingstone employed 782 Zambians at the two hotels, Zambezi Sun and the Royal Livingstone.

Responding to a question from Katombola member of parliament Regina Musokotwane who wanted to know how many people from Katombola Constituency were employed by Sun International, Kaingu said Sun International did not profile its employees by tribe or constituency.

He said the information he could give was the number of Zambians who worked for the hotels. Kaingu said 401 of the 782 workers were permanent while 381 were on three-year contracts.



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