Ministry of Labour and Social Security with support from the International Labour Organization (ILO) launched three strategic policy documents- the National Employment and Labour Market Policy (NELMP), the 2018 Labour Force Survey and Future of Work Report in Lusaka.
During the Launch,
Labour Minister Joyce Simukoko stated that the policy documents will help
improve the performance of the employment and
she further added that NELMP will ensure that efforts for economic diversification and job creation are underpinned by sustainable jobs with meaningful wages, access to social security, protection of rights at work and promotion of social dialogue.
“The main objective of the national employment and labour market policy is to ‘support inclusive economic growth and development through promotion of gainful and decent work in all sectors of the economy,” said Simukoko.
And meanwhile ILO Country Office Director for Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique George Okutho representing United Nations Resident Co-ordinator Dr, Coumba Mar Gadio also said the policy documents will support the four Decent Work Agenda pillars namely, Employment; Social Protection; Rights at Work and Social Dialogue.
He added that the decent work agenda is at the heart of the SDG Goal 8 on decent work and economic growth; and Goal 1 on ending poverty in all its forms, and that can contribute towards Zambia’s economic development aspirations through the achievement of the Vision 2030 and the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP).
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