GOVERNMENT says the law on the revised minimum wage is still in force and employers in default face six months imprisonment.
The Ministry of Labour has developed a special inspection programme to monitor compliance to the revised minimum wage.
Acting Labour Commissioner Venus Seti said Statutory Instruments 45, 46, and 47 of 2012 regarding the minimum wage for domestic and general workers has not been stayed or withdrawn.[pullquote]employers who have been paying their workers above the minimum wage before it was effected need to increase the salaries by K50,000[/pullquote].
Mr Seti said this yesterday when deputy Minister of Labour and Social Securities Ronald Chitotela, held a consultative meeting with proprietors of business houses operating in Kamwala in Lusaka.
He said reports circulating that this particular piece of legislation has been withdrawn is false.
“The statutory instrument is still in force. I know all of us are affected but there is nothing we can do because it is law. We all have to comply,” he said.
Mr Seti said employers who will not adhere to the revised minimum wage will be charged 2,500 penalty units or serve six months imprisonment.
He said employers should adhere to the legislation, regardless of the collective agreement at their various institutions.Mr Seti said employers who have been paying their workers above the minimum wage before it was effected need to increase the salaries by K50,000.
“What is in court over the revised minimum wage is just the judicial review. The statutory instrument has been stayed. So if there are employers who are having difficulties implementing the law, you are free to write to the ministry and our technocrats will evaluate the reasons you advance on this matter,” he said.
Mr Seti advised employers to clearly indicate the job description of all employees, to avoid conflicts on perks.