Volume 1, issue 5 – September 2009
The Work Issue
2009 looks like a year of many changes, good ones and bad ones. For one Obama was elected into office, that has to be a progressive development. He is a big thinker, wants to be all inclusive and has a clear vision of what he wants to achieve for the world and he is a black man, the world is indeed changing. We are waiting with baited breath to see how the next ten years unfold. However it may not be all up to him, the world has its own plans; the world economy is grinding to a halt and everyone is reeling from the effects from the big corporate cats to the lowly labourer right at the bottom of the rung. All of a sudden many livelihoods are in perilous positions as jobs are lost or in the process of being lost. In Zambia, where employment is already very low, people are losing their jobs by the thousands.
The mining sector that was booming only months ago is now in recession and companies are cutting back, the first to goof course are the workers and with not much of a system to support them most are being left out in the cold. A sad state of affairs indeed. Now unions and governments are running after themselves trying to figure out ways to improve the situation, something that should have been perhaps sorted out long before a crisis like this came up. In this edition we explore different aspects of employment in Zambia. We question whether decent work actually equals decent living, what level of experience is required to get a good job and whether women are aptly remunerated for their work. Our editorial team did a good job of putting a good mix of interesting articles and thoughts just to keep your mind ticking and thinking of what the world situation means to the a country like Zambia. Enjoy
Samba Yonga, Editor
Decent Work = Decent Living: True or False?
Do I get a Certificate For That?
All Work and No Pay
Does Tourism Really Benefit All?
Slavery in the City of Madrid
From The Editor
Just the Facts
How Well Do You Play Office Politics?
Cartoon: What’s The Big Issue About Anyways
Small Loans, Big Results
Kicking it into High Gear
Voices of Disability
Posters from a new exhibition at the British Council in Lusaka featuring some of Zambia’s most succesful people and the disabilities that didn’t hold them back.