More than half of Eastern Province’s population consists of Labour workers.

Eighty one point three percent of the population in Eastern Province consists of the labour workers.
Eastern Province Permanent Secretary, Chanda Kasolo says that this means that most of the region’s population is economically active and contributing to the development of the province.
He was speaking during Labour Day commemoration in Chipata this morning, which is being celebrated under the theme “Promoting National Economic Growth through Job Creation, free collective bargaining and respect of workers’ rights.
Mr. Kasolo says that his administration will work closely with the private sector to promote sustainable job opportunities.
And Zambia Congress of Trade Union ZCTU, Secretary General Cosmas Mukuka has called for a robust programme aimed at alleviating the needs of the youths.
He says it is unacceptable that Government had not paid attention to the plight of the youths through transforming skills training into reality.
Mr. Mukuka says colleges must be funded by the Government in order to benefit the youths who are wallowing in poverty due to poor education.
He appealed to the Government to exploit the tourism sector in Eastern Province in order to raise domestic revenues.
And Zambia Federation of Employers representative Veronica Banda says the International Labour Organization in its 2015 report on World Employment and Social Outlook, has projected a rise in the global unemployment figures in the next five years.
Ms Banda says the report further reveals that by 2019 more than two hundred and twelve million people will be out of work from the current two hundred and one million.
Meanwhile Minister of Youth and Sports, Vincent Mwale has commended the workers for their hard work and resilient towards work.
Mr. Mwale says Government is promoting decent jobs has witnessed by its decision to save jobs in the mines on the Copperbelt.
He advised workers against boycotting the Labour Day, stating that it would not take them anywhere because they need to be united.

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