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.
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.