Zambia Federation of Employers (ZFE) has commended President Michael Sata for delinking the labour portfolio from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Federation president Alfred Masupa said the decision by the President will significantly help enhance the effectiveness of the labour representation in the country.
Mr. Masupa told ZANIS in Lusaka today that the country is currently faced with a lot of labour challenges that needs urgent attention.
He said in the past, there has been a problem to find solutions to labour issues as the labour portfolio was shadowed by Information and Broadcasting.
He noted that this is why having a standalone ministry to specifically deal with labour issues is a good idea and will perform to the expectations of the stakeholders in the labour industry.
Mr. Masupa alleged that in the previous arrangement, both the Minister and the Permanent Secretary had a bias towards information and broadcasting hence having little time for labour issues.
He said with pressing issues such as coming up with a new minimum wage which is now on a Statutory Instrument, it is important to have an active ministry of Labour which will work closely with various stakeholders in responding to the increasing demands for job creation among the local people.
He further added that having independent ministries, many stakeholders in the labour sector will be accorded an easy chance to engage government on issues that affect both employers and employees unlike the way it was with combined ministries where both the PS and the minister were loaded with a lot of work.
President Michael Sata today made a mini reshuffle to his cabinet and appointed Chongwe Member of Parliament Sylvia Masebo as minister of Tourism and Arts while former deputy minister in the office of the Vice President Edgar Lungu is new Home Affairs Minister.
President Sata has since transferred Kennedy Sakeni to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting with Fackson Shamenda retaining the labour portfolio which has been de-linked from the ministry of information.
The tourism portfolio has also been de-linked from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.