Lodge owners in Kafue not complying to minimum wage

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Chiawa Ward Councillor in Kafue district Soda
Nyasanga says most of the lodges operating in the area were paying
their workers low wages.

Mr Nyasanga said lodge owners have not complied with the minimum
wages as they were paying their workers salaries as low as K300.

He told ZANIS in Lusaka yesterday that the salaries most of the workers were getting were too low to enable them look after their families especially that most essential commodities have shot up.

Mr Nyasanga said he reported the matter to the labour officials in Kafue and Chirundu districts following the complaints he had been receiving from workers but the two respective offices have not yet made a follow up over the issue.

And efforts to get a comment from the labour office in Kafue proved futile.

Last year, government revised the minimum wages for shopkeepers and
domestic workers to be at K1, 100 and K522 respectively and workers
falling within the category of shop workers would get K1, 100.

Meanwhile, Mr Nyasanga has urged proprietors of lodges operating in the area
to market the Chiawa cultural village as a tourist attraction to their clients.

He said the cultural village which is located in the Chiefdom rarely receives tourists who lodge at the various guest houses in the area.