Friday, April 12, 2024

JCTR nods new minimum wage


FILE: Gate crushers searching for left over food
FILE: Gate crushers searching for left over food in Lusaka

The Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection has acknowledged the new minimum wage announcement by the Minister of Labour, Fackson Shamenda stating that it shows that the government is cognisant of the need for workers’ salaries and wages.

They have observed that over the last year, the cost of living as depicted by JCTR’s Basic Needs Basket (BNB) had remained about K2.9m with the most recent figure being K3, 395,660 for the month of June 2012 for an average family size of five living in Lusaka.

The organisation says among some of the findings of the JCTR Satellite Homes research, a compliment to the BNB survey had been that low incomes and a high cost of living were having an adverse impact on people’s ability to make savings and access food daily with some households having to skip meals in order to stretch household income to the month end.

The have further stated that Satellite Homes Research conducted in high density townships typically Chainda, Chibolya, Chipata, Garden, Kalingalinga, Kanyama and Ng’ombe showed, the growing challenges of Zambians due to high costs of basic needs including food, accommodation, water and electricity.

And the Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) International observed that the increase in minimum wages was a positive initiative for workers as they would enjoy higher disposable incomes and thus better options and standards of living.

CUTS national Coordinator Simon Ng’ona however noted that it was over ambitious to subject the same increase across all sectors as sectors differ in terms of performance and market sizes.

Meanwhile, MMD president Nevers Mumba has charged that government has to create competition in the job market to ensure all Zambians benefit from high salaries.

Dr. Mumba said the released minimum wages will result in the massive loss of employment in the country.



  1. Nevers shout yo mouth. U selfish crook! MMD mismanaged the economy and u stole a lot of money including poor pipos offering. PF go ahead this is progress. I hope the domestic workers won’t contribute to the increasing rate of divorce which is already high, more money in they pockets and more beauty. Madams be aware of a new legislated competition.

  2. Mumba, shut it!! You have never worked in your life, you have always been a beggar in the the name of God. Let people earn a decent wage, what kind of a leader you? 

  3. Well well, lets see how this goes, a lot of these workers will simply be fired if they try to enforce this minimum wage crap, no employer can afford this, unless govt reduces tax from >35% to maybee 5 % then it can work. You think you can improve things for people just by pronuncing some law that you havent even thought through properly. Is govt going to take care of these workers when they are fired? Or maybee theyll tell them to take over bussinesses like in zimbabwe??? Pathetic.

  4. When you create more jobs,they will be more competition for employers then more high offers on the job market.

  5. Very interesting observations here: I see employers who otherwise could not afford domestic help protesting at the loss of that feeble feel of power (you see a household of 3, earning 5 million a month but employing a cook/cleaner and garden boy!!); you also have companies that have been perpetually exploiting their workers threatening to fire them under this very pretext when they sincerely know their business model is built around false accounting!!! Guys, lets look at the bigger picture here; if employees are fired we may just have a new dispensation; that is what a revolution is all about.

  6. JCTR has been promoting the minimum wage for many years.Zambai needs a face lift and only a brave president can do that .

  7. mu zambia tulomfwa bwino abanensu ukucula 500 pin nindalama sure….Mumba ufola shinga??? SATA ALIKWATA UMUTIMA WABANTU LETS SUPORT THE MAN….

  8. There seems to be alot of uneducated and very dull bloggers on this site the increase is 100 percent on wage bill is ”###### way too much wait and see inflation climbing retrenchments and goods and services going up in next few months then you will understand economics of the real business

  9. why are the investors thretening workers by reducing the number of workers if they were to effect the new minimium wages.most of the workers get low salaries as low as 250,000 per mont with a family and scholl gong children.Joseph

  10. The research carried out by JCTR can also be used by Trade Unions when negotiating salaries and conditions of services for civil and public servants.

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  12. Honestly you, get k300 per month and to rent a ka on room without electricity is k200. Ka k100pin buy kapenta nd roller meal in it, what can you take to the bank at the end of the day…nothing, you f##king greedy mother f##kers. Thanks to the PF’s seriously hard government!!!

  13. may this site kindly publish the lusaka high courts ruling in full on the minimum wages of 2012 between zfe and minister of labour

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