ZFE welcomes minimum wage extension

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Zambia Federation for Employers (ZFE) Executive Director Harrington Chibanda has welcomed government’s move to extend the period in which to implement the revised minimum wage.

Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda announced last week on Friday that government has decided to give employers who have faced difficulties in implementing the revised minimum wage up to June .

He however warned that employers that will fail to meet the June deadline will face action from the state.

And Mr Chibanda said the federation expected that some employers would find difficulties in effecting the revised minimum wage following numerous complaints.

He told ZANIS in an interview today that the gesture by government is good because it will give employers and the business community ample time to bargain with employees’ trade unions to reach agreed figures.

Meanwhile, Mr. Chibanda has urged the government to critically analyse the move it has taken not to allow non-Zambians to perform human resource functions.

He stated that it is important to note that there are many Zambians outside the country performing human resource functions especially in the multinational companies.

Mr Chibanda said the field of Human Resource is dynamic and as such government needs to strengthen the Zambia Institute of Human Resource Management (ZIHRM) Act which would see human resource managers being registered for easy regulation rather than banning foreign practitioners.

He has also said that it is important for the government to look at the qualification of people with the positions of human resource management which is also an important factor.