Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Kennedy Sakeni says government will not take kindly to threats of economic sabotage or deliberate disregard of the law.
Mr. Sakani says the Patriotic Front (PF) government is extremely shocked at the negative reactions exhibited by some sections of society following governments’ decisions to revise the minimum wage upwards to mitigate the sufferings of the people.
ZANIS reports that Mr. Sakani who was speaking at a pressing briefing at his office today, said government has an open door policy and is willing to discuss justified and warranted concerns on the issue of minimum wages for domestic, shop and general workers.
He noted that government is mandated to ensure that its people get fair and decent wages for the services they provide.
Mr. Sakani further explained that the PF government came into office with a pledge of not only creating employment but also making it meaningful.
He said the purpose of the revised minimum wages as announced by Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda, is therefore, aimed at fulfilling the pledge.
He said government is ready and willing to discuss warranted concerns on the matter either from the employer or employee or the civil society perspective.
He said in accordance with the procedure that is stipulated in the Statutory Instrument No. 45, 46 and 47 of 2002, and other relevant labour statues and laws government is expecting to hear from all genuinely concerned stakeholders.
He further said government will then examine all concerns that will be brought to its attention adding that threatening massive lay-offs or disregard of the law is not the solution.