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mildredoliphantThe Citizen reports that Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has strongly cautioned employers who have recently adopted the practice of dismissing workers en masse only to re-employ them and pay them wages at the rate of the national minimum wage (NMW), or even less.  

Speaking on Thursday, the minister said that government was aware of a new tactic that was quickly gaining traction amongst unscrupulous employers, namely firing workers to undermine the labour laws that sought to address unemployment, inequality, and poverty.  According to Oliphant, the government’s political will was to ensure tough enforcement of the implementation of the NMW and she vowed that her department would stop such tactics in their tracks in an effort to fulfil that mandate.  The government aimed to strengthen the monitoring roles of the labour inspectorate and the CCMA and was looking at increasing the budgets of those entities, Oliphant indicated.  Over 1,300 inspectors have been assigned by the department to monitor compliance with the NMW Act at businesses all over the country.

  • Read the full original of Kaunda Selisho’s report on the above The Citizen

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