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ZCTU Baffled With The Revised Minimum Wage ‘We where Not Consulted By Govt’

The Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) says the announcement of the revised minimum wage by labor minister Fackson Shamenda is surprising because they were made outside the tripartite arrangement.

ZCTU secretary general Roy Mwaba says ZCTU is surprised as to why the minister went ahead to make the announcement despite the last tripartite meeting agreeing to partner and come up with technical committee to come up with recommendations to government.

Mr. Mwaba tells QFM that the revision of the minimum wage is long over-due but states that it is not the basis of the minister to go ahead and work against what was agreed as a tripartite.

On Wednesday, labor minister Fackson Shamenda announced the revised minimum wages and revised condition of employment act for various categories of workers following the amendment of statutory instrument order 2011 no 1 of 2011, order 2011 no 2 of 2011 and order no 3 of 2011.

The revision implies that wages for various categories have been revised upwards with domestic workers’ wages increased from K250, 000 to K522, 400 with transport allowance inclusive.

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49 Responses to ZCTU Baffled With The Revised Minimum Wage ‘We where Not Consulted By Govt’

  1. willow Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Looks lyk am alone here…….

  2. Tupac Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Mwaba you mwean you are against this?Nimwa sata muno bururu wanga.It’s irreversible nangu ulishanye.

  3. chilu04 Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    am one person who think that unions just waste our time and money.gud move by the gvt

  4. jj Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    THE MOVE BY THE MINISTER IS FINE BECA– USE THE UNION ARE CURRENTLY NOT DOING FINE THAT IS THE REASON WHY PEOPLE WERE UNDER PAID .PLEASE MINISTER CONTINUE THAT GOOD JOB AVOID THOSE NOISE MAKERS(UNION) WHO ARE DOING NOTHING

  5. BELS Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    GOOD MOVE BY UBUTEKO HOWEVER, BA KABOYI IKALAKOSA PAKUFWAYA INCHITO. COZ AMA HAFU YAFULISHA AYAKUBA GIVER. CONGRATS PF.

  6. shi Chabby Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Its gud de govt has feelin 4 its pipo xpecially de less paid bt again it has to consider de economic impact de minimum wage has on de country.its like de saying if u can’t afford dnt employ. It shud b de Small pieces of a cake to cater 4 every1 nt big pieces 4 certain individuals hence high unmployment levels

  7. Candela Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Why being surprised iwe mwaba..unions r becomin useles nowadays..

  8. Ganizani Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    where is my posting ba tumfweko?

  9. kafundisha Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    the unions (onions) are useless. Especialy teacher unions.

  10. unknown********** Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

    dats gret minister

  11. mwinelubemba1 Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    THESE UNIONS SUPRISED THEY ARE ONLY NOT HAPPY COS GOVNT DIDNT ALLOW THM TO WASTE TYM MAKING ALLOWANCES DURING THE REVISION OF MINIMUM WAGE.TO THM THINGS ARE OK WEN THEY TAKE YEARS TO IMPLEMENT SOMETHING IN THE NAME OF NEGOTIATION.Y CRITICISE THE MINISTER WHO WENT AHEAD TO DO WAT HS BN LONG OVERDUE? WAKE UP UNIONS THIS IS PF AT WRK.AM SORRY THERE ARE NO ALLOWANCES FO THIS EXERCISE.MWALOBA ILYAUMA BAKABOKE.

  12. janet c,s husband Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    thats wandaful news.iwe chi mwaba chikala,why dnt u hav a heart for da poor.anyway nw i can get janet pregnant sinc zamatebela zaoneka

  13. Reggie Noble Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I have to sack some of my workers, this is too much. I can’t afford to pay all of my workers K 500,000. PF you have just increased the unemployment rate in Lusaka.

  14. Francis David Kasongo Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    You pipo surprise me whats there to thank the govt for when the minimum wage is the easy way to fire pipo.You should thank the govt when they serious increase the salaries of its workers so that in turn they also employ these servants. as it stands now it servants fired. The ball goes back to the govt to increase workers salaries or employ these servants.

    WISEMAN 4EVER

  15. NAMELESS Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Man,D.F.Kasongo,you are talking sense this is the way to go. I AGREE with you 100%

  16. Utuchawa Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Your editor can even spell ‘were’!!!! Yangu!

  17. Amuna Onzuna Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I would love to see Mr Mwaba’s payslip so that we compare with what he gives to his Servants.

  18. chipo Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Dear Domestic Worker,

    As regards the new minimum wage rates announced by government yesterday, I have made a few adjustments to the free services that were available to you in your line of duty.

    DSTV will cost K20,000,
    Food (breakfast, lunch, supper & snacks) will be at – K75,000.
    Water for your bath – K40,000
    electricity for charging your phone – K30,000

    The total for all these will now be at a cost of K250,000 per month. Please note that this will be recovered monthly from your new minimum wage.

    Regards,

    Madam

  19. Truth Serum Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    The minimum wage problem has been solved without ZCTU, so even the next problem of unemployment will be solved without these confused and endless meetings full of fake english and mumble-jumbo!

  20. Truth Serum Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Employment with poor pay is not employment, it is imprisonment, just a way of keeping people off the streets!

  21. Tundambuzi Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    ma rubbish

  22. Guest Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I won’t fire my workers because where will they go we will just have to worker harder somehow at the farm. anyway i already pay them above the minimum wage but i feel for others who will have to let their workers go because their salaries would not have gone up the same % and yet food stuff is on the increase its a vicious circle!

  23. GunnerME Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I wonder how many Zambians are going to afford to employ domestic workers. Zambia a sinking titanic of a country!

  24. mulenga chali Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    The move is welcome by all zambian’s who feel de poor

  25. kats Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I hope the minister has realize the negative economic effect of his decision because very soon the cost of food stuff will go up.for example, bread will be costing k10,000. If not a number of workers will be laid off. PF too much confusion. Soon dollar will be at 8pin against the kwacha.

  26. Against monkey invasion Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Kolwesans at work. its all wild behaviour! atase.

  27. GunnerME Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    @Mulenga Chali, we all feel for the poor. The question is how much money do Zambian workers take home after taxes? Remember you ve to cloth, feed, pay school fees, pay bills & rent. Surely many Zambians are going to struggle with this. Thats why some of us ve opted to remain in foreign countries because its a damn hard life in Zambia!

  28. Wanu Ngwee Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Determination of a Minimum Wage must begin with DEFINING THAT MINIMUM WHICH SUCH A WAGE CAN AFFORD YOU.

  29. REnamo Reply

    July 13, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    ZCTU has no part to play in this.they shoud just fight for their members..****** ROY..

  30. pyepye Reply

    July 14, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Do domestic/shop workers belong to a union? I think Shamenda was right to announce increments for domestic/shop workers. For others maybe he should have waited for the tripartite. However this was going to waste time. Ba ZCTU bakaboke, tekanyani. VIVA ACTION

  31. Tumpa Ntumpe Reply

    July 14, 2012 at 6:50 am

    @ Chipo, you made me laugh in the midst of a crisis. The new minimum wage means there is an increase of more than 70%, while civil servants’ salaries have been increased by not more than 30%(new tax free rate inclusive). In the final analysis, we find that the civil servants have had their salaries reduced by about 10%. More money in whose pockets? With the increased cost of doing business, as a result of this increase and the looming job losses, commodity prices will go up.

  32. What is the minimum wage for the Truck Drivers ? or which category do they belong ? can someone advise .

  33. shax da vapour Reply

    July 14, 2012 at 11:46 am

    now i andastand that humans are foolish in nature,things stay the same,u complain,thngs positively change,u complain,thngs negative change,u stil complain.why do u behave like a horny woman.are u teling me that the previous minimum wage had a positiv impact on da economy?morónz!

  34. Big Boss Reply

    July 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    i have 15 domestic workers and i have already fired 14 of them. i hope the government is happy now

  35. Mumbi Reply

    July 14, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    If ZCTU claims to be speaking for the majority Zambians, why didn’t they take interest in finding out what Givt was doing and follow the issue instead of them being followed by Govt? Irresponsible, careless, ****** and shameful ZCTU

  36. XXX Reply

    July 15, 2012 at 4:32 am

    What does the FOOL MWABA want??????

  37. Pioneer Reply

    July 15, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Ba Roy Mwaba and your fellow liars in that club you call ZCTU, kindly shut your damn careless beaks. What else do you want the govt to do apart from uplifting the lives of the lowly and downtrodden servants? Do not wash your dirty linen in this REpublic governed by one Michael and his formidable team of the wise. Fackson knows all your evil intentions because he once upon a time led that institution you have corruptly destroyed. Lucky Dube said, ” if you can’t say something good about somebody, JUST SHUT UP.” Lekeni mwana Langford Mubanga Sata, Peace Be Upon Him, ateeke Zambia without fear, favour or ill-will, and God is with him. Do not be cheated by those power hungry looters in the MMD and other noise makers in the opposition. Give credit where it is due. Consulting you! For what?!

  38. GunnerME Reply

    July 15, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Its interesting to read some very emotional comments here! Yes its good to uplift living standards of citizens but how many people earn enough in order to meet this so-called minimum wage??? I ‘dnt be surprised to find out that most people making the loudest noise praising Shamenda & PF, including Shamenda himself, are either payin peanuts to their workers or they are actually not employers of any sort! Open your cadre eyes & see things the way they trully are!!!

  39. Patkao Reply

    July 15, 2012 at 11:11 am

    For me to pay the two Servants, I have taken the following measures:

    1.0 Garden boy will be fired this month.
    2.0 House maid will take charge of both house and garden works. This means I will overload her with work. If she refuses, I fire her and emplyoee the person who will handle both works.
    3.0 This means, the K500,000.00 they were sharing will be paid to one person.

    The Government to find the job for the one who will lose it this monthend.

  40. crazy dude Reply

    July 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    imwe ba fikala were is my comment?

  41. crazy dude Reply

    July 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    you see unless somebody gets upset dats when you put your brain to use.

  42. Union Matters Reply

    July 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    The Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) wants credit to go them: you just forget about it, it is too later to receive accolades from the members or the general public as the govt is one step ahead of you. I know they may have been intimidating you to an extent that you started bootlicking and remained behind. Anyway as a consolation advice you start campaigning against casualisation of labour like in the Mines, or govt departments and delayed payment of terminal benefits like what is at NCZ, under payment like what happened to Zamtel terminal benefits were they lost worthy 19 months because of NUCW

  43. SOLWEZI BOY Reply

    July 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    BA SHAMENDA, WHAT IS 500PIN. 10CENTS US DOLLAR IN 30DAYZ. 90 DAYS ONLY TO LOOK AT 500GRAND. BA CHIMBWI BABULA IMICHILA AND NO PLAN.

  44. cn Reply

    July 15, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    you hypocrites,you get and make alot of money and steal alot of money from where you work more especially you working in govt.You earn alot by corrupt means and you know yourselves,your salary does not depict what you possess and you complain just over what i can call a mockery of an increament,may God take away whatever it is that makes alot of money for you and may he expose your corrupt ways in which you make money bcoz you are of no use to humanity.Viva domestic workers you deserve a better pay,viva pf.

  45. Madani Reply

    July 15, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Honestly why complaining for paying a worker who has worked 4 a month. pliz lets not be selfish God will judge us!

  46. tama Reply

    July 15, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    some things wil never workout people you can give a maid five hundred pin and remain with what the same maid who is going to steal from you.

  47. Musonda Reply

    July 16, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Though its a good move, it has an impact on workers who depend on domestic workers. Look at the increment of government workers, it was about 45% and domestic workers’ increment is over 100%. Some calculations is not working out for me!

  48. tk Reply

    July 16, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Unions are useless,roy mwamba chikala………….big up Minister

  49. Zozo Reply

    July 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Moneyyyyy in the pocket,PF work on the trading is our economy able for our employers to pay us

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