Zambia United Local Authorities Workers Union general secretary Emmanuel Mwinsa has warned that “Government should not forget and underestimate the power of a worker”.
“Government should not forget the power of a worker, and council workers have been so supportive to the government but what they get in return is nothing. We send a strong reminder to government that these workers were the ones who were making the image of government and needed to be respected by rewarding them accordingly,” warns Mwinsa. “It has been observed with disappointment that party cadres from the ruling party, PF, have continued to orchestrate violence and locking up public offices. The recent locking up in Kafue by cadres led by a named area councillor from the ruling party cadres requires to be condemned by well-meaning Zambians, as the act is so detrimental to the integrity of our country. We have discovered that the cadres did this due to the fact that the so-called cadres are not benefiting in the allocation of plots, as previously they used to share plots. Just some few months ago party cadres from the ruling party in Kabwe were dispatched by some senior officials to beat up innocent poor workers for non-payment of salaries. As a union we appeal to the PF secretary general Mr Davies Mwila to ensure that the party cadres respect local authority employees.”
It’s clear that council workers have been used like a ladder by the leadership of the Patriotic Front. After helping them climb to the top they have been abandoned.
Who doesn’t know the role council workers play in our electoral system? They play a key role in running our elections and have often been used to manipulate things in favour of those in power.
Probably hence this understandable veiled threat from Mwinsa!
But Mwinsa and his colleagues in the union shouldn’t forget that not everyone will appreciate what they do for them. They have to figure out who’s worth their favour, kindness and who’s just taking advantage.
Trickery and treachery are the practices of crooked politicians that have not the wits enough to be honest.
There’s an old Greek saying, ‘The measure of a man is what he does with power.’
We have all been victims of people using us in one way or the other. It hurts more when the person you have helped the most is the one taking advantage of you. Even though taking the step to distance yourself from these people may take more courage and strength than we possess, it is the wisest thing to do. To find happiness one must ensure that those they sacrifice themselves for appreciate their worth.
People will respect you when you take a stand.
Be there only for those who are always there for you.
Ensure people love you for who you are, not for what you offer. Value yourself enough to say no. Let people learn to value you and not take advantage.
Never be a politician’s sometimes. Don’t sacrifice yourself for people who do not deserve it. Be there for those who are always there for you too.
Self-centered people are known to be in the habit of using others, so be wary of them. Always take the step to find out whether or not someone values you or not.
Have a firm stand and ensure people respect and know your worth.
They say a friend in need is a friend in deed, so choose wisely.
Even God is never pleased when people use you, so learn to refuse to be used.