Employers protest Malawi government set new minimum wage

Employers are protesting against the government set new minimum wage which now stands at K50 000.

Kandodo: New minimum wage was revised following the challenges ordinary Malawians have been facing

However, the Ministry of Labour says  it has not received complaints from employers relating to the enforcement of the new minimum wage.

Some employers claim to have written the government to consider reviewing it.

Among them is the Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM).

According to  the Executive Director of ECAM Mr George Khaki raised concern that some sectors would not manage the new wage because of their cash flow, a situation that could result in massive retrenchments.

The government through the Ministry of Finance however maintains that the new minimum wage was set in line with the rising cost of living to enable minimum wage labourers to afford some basic necessities.

Mr Ken Kandodo, who is the Minister of Labour, insists the new minimum wage was revised following the challenges ordinary Malawians have been facing.

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Shadreck
Shadreck
5 months ago

Companies that consider their employees well should be less taxed. At Castel, nobody earns l’ESS than 120 000 per month, even the lower jobs. Why does government not encourage companies to give décent salaries, instead of milking them ???

Mdala
Mdala
5 months ago

Let’s talk about an employer’s and company consolidation fund! After all this hardship we are going through, like eruptiv 25% fuel hike, no tax relieve for companies because of Covid, loss of business because of Covid, consistent poor support services from public sector side and utilities…
Of course this concerns not all sectors but many Mr Kandodo and Mr Chilima!

mtete
mtete
5 months ago

We will get used to it K50,000 is about $65 or $3 a day. Not much really.

John D
John D
5 months ago
Reply to  mtete

in malawi.people earn Malawi kwacha not usd. so let’s not go there.

Maimane
Maimane
6 months ago

1 million jobs will be lost through this minimum wage increase

Gumede
Gumede
6 months ago

I agree that the salaries are very low but this has come at such a difficult time and worse still they have put all employers in the same bracket. That’s were the problem is. I see massive Job losses more especially in the informal sector.

Jah
Jah
6 months ago

Jacket imeneyi bwanji??? Anyway 50 pin comes in you are providing accommodation and food.

ADA
ADA
6 months ago

Kuzolowela kubela antchito anu. MK 50,000.00 ntchani?

Lumbani
Lumbani
6 months ago

50,000 is unrealistic especially considering the current business environment.

Ndafera Nkhande
Ndafera Nkhande
6 months ago

Komqa iwe Khaki zisiye zimene ukunenazo.What is 50,000 mk in these trying times?You are not fit for the post you are holding.Most companies in Malawi are making huge profits .Look at how much banks post their profits in newspapers.Labourers need food ,housing ,travel,clothes,etc and you think 50,quid is too much.

bishop
bishop
6 months ago

ndikuvomerezana nanu boss

Lumbani
Lumbani
6 months ago

The answer to your question is actually in your question. What is 50,000 in these trying times? It is a lot to everyone in these trying times. No country is increasing minimum wage rates. Rather it is governments that are bailing out the most vulnerable. In South America they are increasing taxes at the top to help the poor. This will just lead to retrenchment like the case of Auction holdings

Mdala
Mdala
6 months ago

Unfortunately not many companies are in the position like banks in this difficult times! They can do what they want with their customers, like rising fees annually, because they formed a cartel amongst themselves! They have no mercy, even CAMA and others cry foul and from the misery of others they benefit most! A minimum wage of MK50,000 is anyway peanuts to them, likewise to our political leaders! Instead of supporting the dying companies in sectors like hospitality and tourism they but a heavier burden on them! If Kandodo and friends are not careful, we’ll end up with 1 million… Read more »

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