ILO for promotion of decent work in construction sector
June 12, 2015 - KELLY NJOMBO, Lusaka - The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has partnered with other stakeholders to launch a campaign to ensure business growth and sustainable economic development by promoting creation of decent work in the construction sector.
ILO said a market analysis of Zambia's construction market system was conducted to investigate the growth opportunities for micro, small and medium-scale enterprises which revealed that there is a strong connection between complying with Zambian labour laws and business growth.
According to a statement availed to the Daily Mail recently, the campaign is part of the Law-Growth Nexus II Project under the Zambia Green Jobs Programme, which is focusing on increasing the uptake of labour laws in Zambia.
The statement says facilitating good working conditions through labour law compliance is vital, therefore, an investment in a more productive workforce that will directly impact the performance of the businesses is necessary.
"To make sure labour laws are understood as one of the most important tenets of the enabling business environment, ILO through the LGN II Project is working closely with development partners such as the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the National Council for Construction, employers' and workers' organisations at national and construction sector level, and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, to roll out a labour law advocacy and awareness campaign," the statement says.
It says compliance with labour laws can enhance growth prospects of businesses by contributing to improved working conditions for workers, which in turn can contribute to increased productivity, and ultimately improve competitiveness of the enterprise.
The Green Jobs Programme is a joint UN programme involving Food and Agriculture Organisation, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, International Trade Centre, United Nations Environment Programme, with ILO being the lead institution.
Originally published by Zambia Daily Mail