Even ZCTU rejects haphazard minimum wage

The Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has observed that government should have selected some sectors in which the revised minimum wage should be applied.

ZCTU deputy president Humphrey Lungu said this is because certain groups of employers will not be able to pay their workers the wages that exceed K500, 000 per month.

Mr. Lungu said government should have imposed the revised wages on sectors whose workers have capacity to pay.

He said there was need for the Zambian government and unions such as the Federation for Free Trade Union of Zambia (FFTUZ) to dialogue over the matter.

He told ZANIS in a telephone interview in Lusaka today that the security companies will face great challenges because they will be forced to hike the price of their services which will in turn reduce jobs.

Mr. Lungu stated that individuals working in the mining and the agricultural sectors among others should be paid the revised minimum wages.

He noted that government should not have imposed a standard pay of minimum wages for its workers.

Government recently announced a new minimum wage of not less than K520, 000 for domestic workers and over K1 million for shop and other workers in order to protect employees who are not represented by any union.

The revision of the minimum wage has generated mixed reactions from different stakeholders with some rejecting and condemning it while others have welcomed it.

But Chief Government Spokesperson, Kennedy Sakeni said two todays ago that the decision to raise minimum wages was final and non-negotiable.

And Minister of Labour and Social Security, Fackson Shamenda, yesterday warned that employers that would dismiss workers in reaction to the minimum wage would be dealt with by the law. 

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