The Zambia congress of trade unions (ZCTU) has denied claims of it supporting the former rulling movement for multi party democracy (MMD).
And the Congress has rejected president Sata’s proposed retirement age from 55 to 65 describing it as unrealistic.
Addressing journalists in Lusaka today, ZCTU general secretary Roy Mwaba said the congress has never departed from its principle of being non partisan and working with the government of the day.
He said he will not resign or heed to the publics calls to step down on assertions that he supported the former regime.
Mwaba said the union’s policy is to work with the government of the day in pushing the agenda of the working class and voiceless.
“No union, the world over, can succeed in its mandate without maintaining cordial working relations with the government of the day. In this case the, will work with the PF government to ensure that we maintain a sustainable system of resolving labour issues.”Mwaba stated.
Mwaba further said that the president has personally written to the congress urging them to work with closely with the government in order to promote harmony on the labour market.
Meanwhile, Mwaba said the union will not support the proposed retirement age stating that Zambia’s life expectancy is 41 and having a retirement age of 65 will be detrimental to the Zambian citizens.
Mwaba further called for policies and frameworks to compliment the current retirement age.