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Shamenda Contradicts Himself: Salary Increment NOT For All Workers

Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda

Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda says the recent announced workers increment is not for all workers. Mr. Shamenda has contradicted himself after earlier during last week issued a statement that any employer who does not adhere to the new regulations of the minimum wage may face the wrath of government.

Mr. Shamenda contradicted himself after he made the statement when he visited the embattled column coal mine in Sinazongwe where one Chinese boss was killed on Saturday over failure to honour the minimum wage.

Background

Following the revision of the minimum wage by government this year through Statutory Instrument Number Nos 45, 46 and 47 of 2012, there has been a spate of protests and work stoppages in some companies.

Government announced the upwards adjustment of the minimum wages for domestic workers and shop and general workers in a move aimed at reducing poverty in the country.

According to this new piece of legislation, the figures now stand at K522,400 from K250,000 for domestic servants, while for workers in grade one, who previously earned K419,000, will now get a basic pay of K700,000, K210,000 housing allowance, K102,400 for transport, with lunch allowance pegged at K120,000, bringing the total to K1,132,400.

For grade two shop workers who previously earned K510,000, the minimum pay is now K852,028, housing allowance of K255, 608, transport K102,400 and lunch pegged at K120,000 amounting to K1,329,636.

Due to the inertia by some employers to implement the new minimum wage, workers in many companies have demanded to be paid the newly revised minimum wage.

But some employers on the other hand have threatened they may have to down size their workforce to overcome the cost implications of the new minimum wage.

However, Government has repeatedly advised employers not to use the minimum wage as a scapegoat to laying off workers but instead devise ways of doing their business better.

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14 Responses to Shamenda Contradicts Himself: Salary Increment NOT For All Workers

  1. why Reply

    August 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Give proper and clear guidelines. Indeed the wrath has fallen.

  2. sakala Reply

    August 6, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    more jobs ll b lost than creating them. One shud put the minimum wage saga rite.

  3. Ne Reply

    August 6, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Ya ya ya ya ya, nomba balafumya impiya kwi?? mwati mwalimona ama company impiya ya panga? listen for thos wit domestic wrkers, let them b on prt time, atleast cleanin ur homs 2 or 3 tymz a wk. coz frm wat i knw fuel price has nt gon dwn, meanin commodities r stl expensve, ha thts y i always say govt mus invt food manufacturing investors, mo food, mo jobs n mo money. the lendin rate mst als reduce in bnks, we wanna hv hire purchase companies too.

  4. clema Reply

    August 6, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    CNP!!!!

  5. ukwa2 Reply

    August 6, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    cry 4motha zambia.i can c fire @ the end ov the tunel.we r in a zambus bing driven by a mad man @ 180p/h and the crew iz drunk.@2pac chikala,help me,i fea 4my countryz future.bayoka ba bantustan landen po twachuula

  6. Ne Reply

    August 6, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Gosh m so bored, so i keep blogging. nyway i gotta say wats on my mind. Govt’s goal is to get tax frm the pple since aft all thd raise in min wage will coz mst wrkrs to get abv 2mill. the prblm in zed is nt money, the prblm is the economy, i hear the country hs so mch money n if tht money is invstd the economy will impruv, ie do nt send coppr to b processd abroad, doin it in the country will create jobs. rivrs shud b made use of, hv we tried exprting our fish?? prbrbly nt. farming, let us maximise, growth of potatoes n othr crops tht cn be grwn, so we cn imprt less, my list is endless.. jus hop the vice.p whoz a farmer is thinkin like ths.

  7. amaniggaz Reply

    August 7, 2012 at 12:08 am

    yaba..chansoni ba shamenda.up to now u are still strugling to explain and clarify the issue of
    minimum wage.katwishi eko tuleya pa zed…

  8. Boxale Reply

    August 7, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Looks like Shamenda could do with, maybe 5 to 10 Deputy ministers!!

  9. Ken Reply

    August 7, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I see how media can blindly misslead simple thinking bloggers. I cannot see any contradiction on the statements. ” SI not for all employees” its openly states that “for domestic workers and shopkeepers”. Everyone must adhere to the SI. Everybody means anyone employing this category of people. OMG! The SI is not at all for Miners. That amount of money is too low for miners.

  10. kachu charity Reply

    August 7, 2012 at 8:19 am

    this p.f govt might cause more harm than good to its people if its not careful

  11. FUTURE PRESIDENT-ZAMBIA Reply

    August 7, 2012 at 8:43 am

    SHAMENDA HAS BROT SHAME TO US, HIS U TURN on minimum wage IS SAD AND KINDLY ADVISE CHISHIMBA KABWILI NOT TO MAKE UN NECESSARY ANNOUNCEMENTS BEFORE ISSUES ARE DISCUSSED IN CABINET MEETINGS.

    e.G

    Youth Bank

  12. JOHN Reply

    August 7, 2012 at 9:33 am

    At least most of us know this human being called Shamenda.This is a man who thinks he is above the law.in our tradition if white starts,its a sign of wisdom but with Shamenda its a sign of downess.This man has brot troubls to Zambians.ABasH this MAN!SHAME

  13. DC Reply

    August 7, 2012 at 11:18 am

    close this mine please last time zambians were shot at and injured nothing happened… this time a person has been killed just shut it down if it can’t make the money

  14. mabel malukutu Reply

    August 31, 2012 at 10:00 am

    The SI is meant for domestic workers and shopkeepers alright and also for workers who are not represented by any union, because unionised workers have their union officials who do the bargaining for them and therefore minimum wage does not apply and all miners are represented by a union, if im not mistaken. so its up up to the individual unions to bargain well for their workers ad not accept ‘ama change’ as an increment. they must accept what will at least bring a smile to their members faces.

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