Ignore retirement age law signed by Scott – Shamenda

LABOUR and Social Security Minister Fackson Shamenda has urged the labour movement in Zambia to ignore the recently-signed Statutory Instrument purporting to revise the retirement age from 55 to 65 years.
Mr Shamenda said nothing had been agreed yet on the revision of the retirement age and that was the reason the proposal had been pending in late President Michael Sata’s office for more than one year.
What had been informally agreed was to revise the retirement age so that workers take early retirement at 55, normal retirement at 60 and late retirement at 65, but even that was only a proposal,” Mr Shamenda said.
“The Statutory Instrument was wrongly signed. We have not agreed on anything about revising the retirement age. You the labour movement are justified to raise questions about this issue.”
“The Statutory Instrument was wrongly signed. We have not agreed on anything about revising the retirement age. You the labour movement are justified to raise questions about this issue.”
The Labour minister, who was speaking at Fairmount Hotel in Livingstone during the 14th Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) quadrennial conference, said the Government would continue consulting over the revision of the retirement age.

 

The quadrennial conference is being held under the theme ‘Promoting economic transformation and social justice through strong unions, decent work and employment creation’.
Mr Sata had shelved the proposal based on response it received from major stakeholders and it would be betraying the trust of the labour movement and others if the proposal was signed into law without their authority.

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