Labour Ministry to inspect workplaces to check conditions of services – Minister

Ministry of Labour, Sports and Manpower Development says it plans to engage in an impromptu countrywide spot check of working conditions of employees in different companies and organizations across the country.

Mussa: We will start checking

The Minister responsible Henry Mussa made the revelation to the Malawi News Agency (MANA) in an interview on Tuesday that the exercise will include inspecting occupation safety and health compliance of workers.

This follows media reports that some workers are exposed to hazardous work environments and are also paid low wages.

“The Labour Ministry is aware of the situation, and very soon we will be conducting spot check exercises across the country to inspect if the companies and employers are adhering to labour laws and rights of Malawi.”

The Minister said this will include looking at whether there is the provision of protective gears to employees working in hazardous environments.

“Those companies, industries and organizations not abiding to this, will be flushed out from the labour sector,” he said.

According to Mussa, the exercise is expected to take place soon after parliament passes the National budget for the 2017/2018 financial year.

“We are optimistic that we will be allocated with enough finances to undertake this inspection. Besides, we are relying on various stakeholders including private sectors to mobilize the resources to systematically execute this task,” he said.

During the commemorations of International Labour Day on Monday, President of Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) Luther Mambala cited the minimum wage as one vital aspect that needs to be revised.

he said the current minimum wage is pegged at K690 per day which is very low in relation to people’s living standards.

Labour Legislation, Industrial Relations System of workers, Workers Compensation Act, occupation safety and health welfare of employees are some of the conditions stipulated in labour laws of Malawi.

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6 thoughts on “Labour Ministry to inspect workplaces to check conditions of services – Minister”

  1. Che nsomba says:

    You know all this. You used to work for Mandala starting as a Clerk and you know how that company treats its workers. Why don’t you start from there. Problem is that you like beinb palm oiled and kutibula green kwambili!

  2. mashanie says:

    ieyeyo sakuwona kuti ma city council, bt, ll, mz, za anthu ake amagwira opanda zinthu zowayenelera

  3. Bwengu nitown says:

    Most foreign owned companies are exploiting locals in various ways. For example,there is direct discrimination in the way salaries and benefits are awarded. The foreigners are paid expariates salaries/benefits yet they come here not knowing anything and not qualified. The government knows this but because the officials are oil palmed (corrupted) they do nothing. Why do we a lot of white accountants/administrators/cashiers/warehouse/stores managers in these foreign owned companies yet there are a lot of Malawians with diplomas and degrees looking for these same tactical jobs. Instead of giving them business permits, the government gives the work permits because they are corrupted. Allow us to tip you some of these well known companies which promotes discrimination.

  4. benjones says:

    Bullshit you are just going to get corrupt. You all do not love your country or the people. the only reason you are staying in Malawi is because it is easy to make money here.

  5. Rift Valley says:

    Bwana Musa, it did not require the President to raise concerns about working conditions. Workers have been complaining all the time. It is your duty to investigate complaint’s.

  6. Che nsomba says:

    Mussa Bhai are you sure of this???????????

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