No one lost job due to minimum wage – Shamenda

Government says it has not received any reports of companies that have closed or laid off workers as a result of the revised minimum wage.

Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda says the initial threats by some employers to lay off their workers were driven by motives of not wanting to improve the conditions of service for the workers in the country.

Mr. Shamenda has observed that the opposition made a lot of noise about the revised minimum wage due to the politically motivated intentions of trying to frustrate the PF government.

Mr. Shamenda has however stressed that the PF government will not allow the opposition to derail it from delivering on its promise of improving the living standards of the citizens.

The minister has since warned employers in the country against exploiting the workers.
He was speaking in an interview in Lusaka.

And Mr. Shamenda says the ministry of labour is working with the ministry of mines in trying to address the safety concerns in the mining industry.

The minister adds that a time frame has been set for all the mining companies to allow them address all safety concerns that could have been raised.

Mr. Shamenda notes that government will always treat the safety of workers in the country as a matter of priority.


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