JCTR calls for review of minimum wage

THE Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) has observed that there is need to review the current minimum wage Act by introducing a sector-based minimum wage specific to the mining sector.

JCTR consultant Fr Charles Chilufya said there is need for constant review of the minimum wage especially that the cost of living fluctuates from time to time.

Fr Chilufya said his organisation has discovered disparities in the conditions of service between payroll workers and contractor hired workers after conducting a study.

He said the study also revealed that there are disparities in working hours and work shifts, adding that the Zambian law provides for 48 working hours per week which is also in line with international standards.

‘‘This situation violates the equal pay for equal work principle and clearly a justice issue,’’ he said.

Fr Chilufya was speaking during the launch of a report on working conditions in the mining sector in North Western Province.

He also said the study found that the conditions of service for contractor hired workers are poor and needed serious attention.

He said the study further found that there is discrimination in the work places based on age, race and ethnicity.

‘‘This is another disparity that flouts the equal pay for equal work principle because there are differences in earnings between local and expat workers who do the same job and have the same qualification,’’ he said.

The study also found high levels of outsourcing of labour at both Kansanshi and Lumwana mines.

Kalumbila district administrative officer Chipawa Chipawa commended JCTR for conducting the study on the conditions of service in the mining sector in the province, adding that the report is an eye-opener to the Government.


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