The Trade Disputes Panel (TDP) is currently without a chairman.
This followed the departure of former chairman Francis Luza, who left last week to head the Leadership Code Commission (LCC).
The panel also does not have a deputy chair following the departure of the holder last year.
Caretaker Commerce Minister, Elizah Doromuala said TDP has been facing challenges over the past years.
Doromuala said after the deputy chair, the chairman was left to hand the job by himself.
“Now that the chairman has also left, the panel will be left doing nothing for the next coming months,” he said.
“Since there is no chairman and a deputy, the normal functions of the office such as conciliation and panel hearings will be on halt until such a time when we have the two important posts filled.”
Doromuala commended Luza for his contribution to TDP during his term.
“A highly passionate officer, Francis has, if anything greatly contributed to the improvement in the function of the Trade Dispute Panel office for the past 14 years.
“Apart from his busy office duties, he has also contributed a lot to the ministry’s social programmes.
“Such a leadership both inside and outside office work earn him my highest respect,” the caretaker minister said.
“Finding someone like Francis to replace him is going to be difficult. A good example is the vacant position of the deputy chairman of TDP where no one was found suitable for the job.”
BY BRADFORD THEONOMI