THE new minimum wage has been misunderstood by some employers and other players in the labour industry, Labour and Social Security Minister Fackson Shamenda has said.
Mr Shamenda said he would be sending Labour Commissioner and other officers in his ministry to visit some companies to explain fully the interpretation of the newly-revised minimum wage.
Last month, the Government revised the minimum wages and conditions of employment for domestic, shop and general workers by 100 per cent.
Domestic workers’ salaries have increased from K250, 000 to K420, 000 as basic pay and transport allowance of K102, 400 translating into a total of K520, 400.
Shop workers whose minimum wage was at K419, 000 has now increased to K1, 132, 400 with a breakdown of K700, 000 basic salary and 30 per cent housing allowance, transport allowance of K102, 400 and K120, 000 lunch allowance.
Similar conditions for shop workers would also apply to general workers.
The minister regretted that employers, trade union officials and the general workers did not understand the minimum wage implementation.
He said this when he toured Collum Coal Mine in Southern Province in the aftermath of rioting by irate miners.
He explained that the new minimum wage was only applicable to those workers who are not represented by any trade unions such as shop, general and domestic workers.
The minister condemned the rioting by workers at Collum Coal Mine, which resulted in the death of Mr Wu Shengzai.
Mr Shamenda was accompanied by Southern Province Minister, Obvious Mwaliteta, Labour and Social Security Deputy Permanent Secretary, Trevor Kaunda and some senior government officials.
Mr Shamenda directed the security personnel to ensure that the culprits were brought to book, noting that Zambia and China enjoy warm and cordial relationship that has continued to exist for many years.
He assured the Chinese nationals at the mine that Government would provide maximum protection when operations at the mine return to normal.
Mr Mwaliteta said the Government attaches great importance to the foreign investors.
Chinese Military Attaché, He Zhigian, who represented the Chinese government, commended the Zambian Government for the cooperation in resolving labour conflicts.