In the context of the present situation the future of the labour movement in Zambia remains largely bleak and uncertain. The perceptions and hopes have changed and the direction of the labour movement has been lost, probably for many years to come. One important consideration that must be taken into account by the labour movement and its leaders is the question of the priorities of the trade union movement and what its ultimate objectives are. If it is accepted as it indeed should, that the labour movement in Zambia is in disarray and that the Foundation has to be rebuilt, then it is the duty of all the labour leaders to ensure that unity manifests itself at all levels. Once this last grain of hope and vision is lost then the labour movement in Zambia will have outlived its relevance.
Selfish personal interests should be reconciled with the collective interests of the workers who only have stood to loose in the current tug of war between the ZCTU and FFTUZ.
Unity of purpose and direction in todays labour movement in Zambia have been lost. The challenge is to regain that unity: Both the ZCTU and FFTUZ have a major role to play so that the divisive instruments of the state can be fought on a level playing ground with solidarity.
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