ZCTU condemns Judicial Commission for firing union leader

The Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has condemned the Judicial Service Commission for dismissing Copperbelt Judiciary and Allied Workers Union of Zambia Chairman Paul Chilosha.

The commission fired Chilosha after he issued a statement that the PF will have it difficulty in the next general elections for failing to pay workers living wages.

ZCTU Secretary General Cosmas Mukuka said the dismissal of  Chilosha is a violation of trade union rights and a hindrance to carrying out trade union duties in a free, fair and conducive environment.
In a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka yesterday, Mr. Mukuka urged the Judicial Service Commission to reconsider its decision.

He said the decision taken by the commission is contrary to the provision of the Industrial and Labour Relations Act Cap 269 section 5 (e) of the Laws of Zambia.

Mukuka pointed out that the action taken by the  commission poses a threat to industrial peace and was against the industrial and labour relations Act, which allows trade union leaders to protect the interest of its members.

Mukuka complained that if labour leaders continue to work under intimidations from their employers, they will fail to execute their duties for fear of losing their jobs.

Mr. Mukuka has meanwhile asked government agencies to fully understand the roles which trade unions play in the country and how they protect and promote the workers’ rights.

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