Lusaka district commissioner Ashell Kampengele has warned companies that are not complying with the labour laws that they risk having thems closed or business permits revoked.
Mr. Kampengele said this after an impromptu tour of selected companies in Lusaka this morning to check on the compliance levels of the minimum wage.
The district Commissioner said he took this action following numerous complaints from employees at various companies in the district.
Mr. Kampengele has since given a two weeks ultimatum to companies that are paying their workers below the minimum wage depending on the various categories of workers.
He has called on employers to be realistic with the wages they are giving their workers who he said are failing to live a decent life.
The DC has also called on companies to desist from casualization as this was a drawback to fighting poverty.
And Acting Lusaka principal Labour officer Tamara Namakobo has also implored employers against bringing foreign workers at the expense of the locals especially on services that can be offered locally.
Ms. Namakobo noted that adherence levels to the minimum wage have dwindled adding that this calls for more sensitizations by her office.
She however said that due to inadequate man power at her office, they have been unable to conduct effective, regular checkups and sensitizations adding that most of the employers are ignorant about the required minimum wage and conditions of service.
Among the companies that the DC inspected were Dar farms, CR Holdings, Fibro Tiles enterprise and Seba Foods Zambia Limited.