A sharp rise in cases involving intimidation of workers in public service is worrying.

Workers' rights are well-spelt-out in the Constitution. However, tactics employed by heads of parastatals against employees are threatening these rights.

Bosses of State corporations behave as if they own those entities and have been singled out as the worst violators of workers' rights. Such bosses must be reminded that parastatals are public organisations funded by taxpayers' money and must be seen to embrace principles of good governance.

Every employer should facilitate the enjoyment of workers' rights. Remitting union dues and giving workers the opportunity to meet over union matters is the obligation of the employer.