Ndola shopkeeper wants minimum wage payment

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—A Ndola-based shopkeeper has complained that his employer is not complying with the minimum wage set by government.

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The shopkeeper, who works in a named Indian’s retail shop in Ndola, said despite government setting a minimum wage last year, his employer has remained adamant in implementing it.


The shopkeeper, who declined to be named, said this in a walk in interview with ZANIS in Ndola today.


He explained that while the minimum basic pay set by government for shopkeepers is K852 his employer only gives him K700 as basic pay.


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The shopkeeper explained that he, along with two of his fellow employees, had reported the matter to the Labour Office in Ndola in April 2013, saying the Labour Inspectors only visited the shop in September 2013.


“In September last year when the Labour Inspectors visited the shop following our complaint, all they did was ask us how much money we made in sales. They then told us to wait, and we having been waiting, nothing has been done until now,” he said.


The shopkeeper noted that the non-implementation of minimum wage by his employer has made it difficult for him to meet his basic needs.


“The Labour Office in Ndola has not been very helpful to us. I am appealing to government to please look into our plight. Let them ensure that the minimum wage is truly implemented,” he said.


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