East chamber of commerce dismayed by abrupt imposition on minimum wage

East chamber of commerce dismayed by abrupt imposition on minimum wage

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As low income workers accross the country continue loosing jobs due to the haphazard order by the PF government for employers to pay a prescribed minimum wage,  the Eastern Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EPCCI)   says business houses need to be given more time to prepare for the revised minimum wage.

EPPCI President Thomas Mtonga said it will be difficult for entrepreneurs to implement the revised minimum wage immediately because even businesses have to budget for increments of wages and the 100 percent may not have been in this year’s budget.

Mtonga said it is important for a better approach to reach a consensus in a more acceptable manner that will make both employers and employees happy.

He however stated that the business community acknowledged and supported the agency of the government to put more money in people’s pockets but said there is need for businesses to budget for the increments.

He noted that the sentiments by EPCCI should not be construed to mean that the organization is working against the government because it is merely asking that a coordinated and more acceptable approach be taken on the matter.

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