Saturday, March 15, 2008

Mukuma challenges unions to prove their transparency

Mukuma challenges unions to prove their transparency
By Bright Mukwasa
Saturday March 15, 2008 [03:00]

LABOUR minister Ronald Mukuma has challenged unions to submit their books of accounts to prove their transparency. Speaking at the national union of miners and allied workers (NUMAW) quadrennial conference on Thursday, Mukuma said he had continued to receive complaints of abuse of workers’ contributions by their union executives.

“And if we put in place laws meant to safeguard and regulate workers’ rights, it’s not meant to punish anyone, it’s for the benefit of everyone,” said Mukuma.
He said there was need for unions to exercise transparency and show their membership how the money was being spent.

At the same function Federation of Free Trade Unions of Zambia (FFTUZ) executive secretary Lyson Mando called for the dismissal of labour commissioner Noah Siasimuna for allegedly violating labour laws by interfering in elections of his organisation.

“Under the department of labour, statutory instruments number 23 of 2008 was published on the 20th February 2008. The labour commissioner had effected this statutory instrument on the 18th February 2008 by using it to discontinue FFTUZ elections.

The labour commissioner did not wait for the instrument to be gazetted, neither did he wait for the 30 days to elapse before effecting it,” Mando said.

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