Extension of Social Protection to vulnerable workers in the building construction industry
On May 26 and May 28, the ILO CO-Lusaka, on behalf of the Zambia Green Jobs Programme, signed Memoranda of Understanding with the National Pension Scheme Authority and Workers Compensation Fund Control Board (WCFCB) marking the beginning of a ground-breaking collaboration between the three institutions.
The objectives of these collaborations are to promote work injury protection and pension scheme coverage for MSMEs in the building construction sector. Owing to an intensive social dialogue among representatives of Government, Social Security institutions, Employers' Organisations, Workers Organisations and Sector Associations, limitations and challenges experienced by MSMEs in accessing social protection schemes could be identified and solutions on how to best address them were agreed upon. As a result, roadmaps for the extension of social protection coverage by social security providers were drawn up and adopted by the national stakeholders.
The Memoranda of Understanding will cater for collaboration on design and testing of innovative social protection products that will address the characteristics and needs of employers and workers in the construction sector, including development of instruments to incentivise registration with social protection schemes; implementation of mobile registration campaigns to cushion the administrative cost of registration with social security schemes by easing access of social security services by MSMEs and development of comprehensive innovative mechanisms to capture workers in irregular employment relations.
The activities will be implemented in cooperation with sector associations through social dialogue with the stakeholders to increase outreach and scale while building local capacity.
It is further envisaged that these partnerships will contribute to improving the job quality for at least 2000 employees and improve productivity among MSMEs in the building construction industry. The knowledge and experience generated from these initiatives will be replicated in extending social protection to other sectors characterised by informal work relationships.
Group photo on the top:
Mr Victor Chikalanga - Principal Social Security Officer, Mr Tapera Muzira, ZGJP-CTA, Dr Elizabeth Nkumbula , WCFCB - Commissioner and Ms Peggy Mlewa , Director Plannining , MoLSS during the signing ceremony of MoU between WCFCB and ZGJP
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Mr Martin Clemensson, Former ILO, Lusaka Country Director, Mr Charles Mpundu- NAPSA Director General and Mr Anthony Dumingu, Director - Social Security Department, witnessing signing of the MoU between ZGJP and NAPSA