Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:28:48 +0000
By MOSES SINJWALA
TWO foreign owned companies, Lamasat and Zhengyi Zhengyi have been warned and given an ultimatum to pay their workers the right wages or lose licences.
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Joyce Simukoko said that the ministry would not hesitate to revoke licences and deport any foreign investor found exploiting Zambians and abrogating labour laws.
She said she would not allow any investor, foreign or Zambian to flout labour laws.
“I have talked enough about foreign investors, this is my last warning to them, they cannot ignore our laws with impunity, we shall revoke your trading licenses and deport you back to your countries,” she warned.
Ms Simukoko was speaking during an inspection of companies in the Central Business District (CBD) of Lusaka.
At Lamasat, the minister discovered that the sales assistant was getting K950 as minimum wage instead of the stipulated K1,330, which was also the same for sales assistants in Zhengyi where the supermarket has been paying K750 instead of K1,330.
Ms Simukoko said that Zambians are failing to overcome poverty because of such employers who under pay them.