Minimun wage: 42 lose jobs in Siavonga lodges

About 18 workers at Lake Kariba Inns in Siavonga have been laid off due to the revised minimum wages.

A source told ZANIS in an interview today that 18 workers were laid off after the meeting which the management had with its employees last
week.

He said that this occurred during the meeting which lasted for three hours discussing on the way forward regarding the new minimum wages by
the government.

A source who thought anonymity said the company dismissed the workers because it did not want to lose K70 million on salaries per month to
pay all the workers in order to comply with new minimum wage.

He said that the workers who were laid off will have their work contracts finally terminated on 4th August 2012.

It was disclosed that during the meeting, the management is also contemplating to have a second cut to the remaining workers.

In a related development, about 24 General workers at Lake Safari lodge were also laid off last week after the announcement of the new
minimum wage by the government.

A source told ZANIS that 12 workers were sent home this morning and while 10 others have been ordered to work for 14 days every month and
the remaining two will be working for four hours in a day which is two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon.

Efforts to get a comment from the two companies proved futile as seniors refused to say anything by press time.

Recently the Minister of Labour and Social Security Fackson Shamenda announced the revised minimum wages in quest to improve living
condition for the majority of Zambian.

Mr Shamenda also vowed that companies which will not follow the new minimum wages will face the law.

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