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.