Law Growth Nexus II Project Social Partners Commit to Action
The social partners of the Law Growth Nexus II project have unanimously approved a consolidated work plan on how to achieve the project outcomes.
On November 27, the Steering Committee of the Law-Growth Nexus II Project came together at a planning workshop hosted by the ILO Country office for Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and approve a consolidated work plan on how to achieve the project outcomes aimed at increasing knowledge and awareness of the Zambian labour law amongst MSME’s in the construction sector; strengthening capacity of constituents to engage in social dialogue, and; an improved regulatory frame work that will facilitate compliance with the revised labour law.
The planning and validation workshop, which enjoyed high-level participation with attendance by Ministry of Labour and Social Security Permanent Secretary Mr.TrevorKaunda, as well as the Executive Director of National Council for Construction (NCC), Eng. Charles Mushota, and senior representatives from trade unions and business associations, was characterised by an active and engaging dialogue between the social partners. At the end of the planning workshop, the consolidated Work Plan was approved with changes proposed by the Steering Committee as a result of the fruitful discussions during the meeting.
The LGN-II Project, funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation Norad, was initiated in 2011 with the objective to reach a balance between minimising the cost of the regulatory burden on MSMEs and enhancing the prospects for competitiveness and growth without compromising the laws and regulations designed to protect workers in Kenya and Zambia. The project is aligned to the Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCP) in these two countries, which identify Social Protection, Employment Creation and Social Dialogue as priorities for consideration.
The unanimous approval of the Work Plan and the commitment to action by all stakeholders reflects the constructive role social dialogue plays in achieving the ILO’s objective of advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work.
The LGN-II Project is strategically linked to the Zambia Green Jobs Programme, which shares, besides commonalities at stakeholder and beneficiary level, outcomes on working conditions, MSME competitiveness and productivity in the construction sector.