Govt should review minimum wage for mining sector – JCTR


THE Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) says that there is need to review the current minimum wage Act especially for the mining sector.

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

Fr Chilufya said his organisation had 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 were disparities in working hours and work shifts, adding that the Zambian law provides for 48 working hours per week which was 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 were poor and needed serious attention.

He said the study further found there was discrimination in the work places on account of 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 expatriate workers who do the same job and have the same qualification,” he said.

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

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


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