Minimum wage increased

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Government has finally announced the revised minimum wages and conditions of employment for various categories of workers, with domestic workers’ wages increased from K522.40 to K993.60 inclusive of transport allowance.

Minister of Labour Joyce Nonde Simukoko says the revision of various categories of workers is in line with Section 3 of the minimum wages and conditions of employment Act Cap 276 of the Laws of Zambia.

Simukoko told a media briefing in Lusaka on Friday that this follows wide stakeholder consultations through the tripartite consultative meeting held on May 18, 2018.

She further says government was in the process of coming up with minimum wages for employees in the agriculture sector.

Shop workers’ revised minimum wage is pegged at K1,698/60 with transport, lunch and housing allowances inclusive and that the wages will increase according to the grades of employees while the minimum wage of the highest grade in this category will be getting K3,558.9.

In the general workers’ category which includes receptionist and guards among others, the minimum wage for category one workers is K,1698.60 while the highest category is at K3,151.61.

Simukoko has since urged employers to familiarise themselves with the new statutory instruments once they are available to the public, saying will enable them protect themselves from employers that may take advantage of their ignorance.

She further advised employers to adhere to the new provisions of the law, warning that “once it is discovered that there has been an abrogation, perpetrators will be dealt with.”

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2 Responses to Minimum wage increased

  1. It Is good to do this, but did government think through this, because government workers are the majority in the country, yet they are the least payed, and they are the majority employer of domestic workers, so how do they increase the salary of a domestic worker while government has done so for them and its is actually struggling to them salaries. Most likely those who will demand a pay rise might find them selves out of employment as their employers may not afford.

    Justin Moono
    September 10, 2018 at 2:38 pm
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  2. Hi,there some people who don’t follow the laws,i am a victim I get as low as 800 something,overtime is not encouraged,i work Saturday full day, no house allowance,transport,medical,is there anyone who inspect companies?

    Kelvin shachobe
    December 19, 2019 at 8:53 am
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