Minister Mussa says labour sector strategic priority to drive Malawi economy

Minister of Labour and Manpower Development, Henry Mussa says Government designated the labour sector as a strategic and priority area to champion job creation and skills development.

Henry Mussa:  To create jobs
Henry Mussa: To create jobs

Mussa said government decided to embark on the initiative considering that a skilled labour force contributes to economic growth and improved living standards of the whole nation.

“The country’s leadership has elevated the ministry of labour to a strategic and priority sector to champion job creation through skills development for employment creation to effectively contribute to socio – economic development of the country,” Mussa said.

Mussa said the development was an opportunity for social partners to translate the political will into reality and demonstrate to Malawians the centrality of labour and employment in the national development.

He was speaking in Mangochi  this week when he opened a three – day National Tripartite Social Dialogue Forum with representatives from the Government, Malawi Congress of Trade Union and Employers Consultative Association of Malawi under the theme, ‘Leveraging the human resource to drive a productive economy.’

The Minister observed that major players in the labour industry were the government, employer and employee who were supposed to be meeting on a mutual understanding to discuss on how to improve labour relations for a more productive nation.

Mussa pointed out that not a long time ago there was a lot of confrontational in labour related issues which was now a thing of the past due to harmonized resolutions, structured discussions dealing with challenges companies or employers were facing.

“The bottom in all this is that government would like to see more productivity in the labour sector and particularly how the labour industry would contribute to the socio – economic growth of the country,” he added.

Commenting on the recent spate of strikes, Mussa while expressing government’s concern over the increasing number of sit – ins, described most the industrial strikes as illegal. He said while the law under section 45 of the Labour Relations Act provides for the right to strike, it was clear that strikes were supposed to be a last resort.

He said section 47 prohibits employer of employee carrying on or engaged in an essential service not to strike or lock – out in connection with such essential services. Meanwhile, the employees of the Judiciary and the Anti – Corruption Bureau are currently on strike.

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Hon Mussa must take real action on labour challenges and and unfair dissimisals on innocent people.

Its a big deal to economy without employment. Malawi should consider the safely of employees in both public and private sectors job security to maintain tax payers. Without that we are dead in economy boost!!

7 years ago

Kodi awanso akuti chani awa? Ngati pali asankhwi ama minister, m’modzi mwa iwo ndi ameneyu . Priority ministry, priority ministry nde kuti chani? Mfwe, mfwe, mfwe basi!

7 years ago

One year down the line, the Minister is still talking about the elevation of the Ministry as if that alone will solve problems.

Che Spindulo
Che Spindulo
7 years ago

The lie that the leadership had elevated the Ministry of Labour as a priority ministry was devised purely to soothe and console the feelings of Henry Mussa . It was realised that Mussa would feel extremely hurt to be posted to this dead and unstrategic ministry . Hence, the lie that he was being given a “high priority” ministry . On the part of the leadership, the concern was that if Mussa was given a more “lucrative” ministry, e.g , Transport and public Works, it would not be long before we heard of another cashgate there given zichito chito za… Read more »

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