Malawi ponders establishing Workers Compensation Fund: Chilima discloses after engaging Minister Kandodo on reforms

State Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima has disclosed the Malawi government plans to establish Workers Compensation Fund, which is expected to lead in the timely payment of compensation to workers as well as reduce fraudulent compensation claims.

Minister Kandodo was engaged in an orienttaion of reforms by Vice President Chilima

The government is also planning to set up a Labour Market Information Centre, which Chilima said will be a game changer in that it will help the government provide timely information on what employers want for training institutions to provide the necessary required skills as demanded by the pace of technology.

The Veep made the communication with Nyasa Times after his meeting with the Minister of Labour and Manpower Development, Kenny Edward Kandodo, to discuss progress of reforms in the ministry.

The ministry is mandated to coordinate creation of employment, develop and protect the labour force to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.

The ministry has lined up eight reform areas to be undertaken including the review of the Temporary Employment Permit (TEP), establishment of Workers Compensation Fund, establishment of a Labour Market Information centre and review of the Labour Relations Act (1996) and the Employment Act (2000) to be in sync with modern international labour laws.

Chilima disclosed that the progress for most of the reforms is impressive. However, he urged the ministry to put shoulders to the wheel considering that it is also the same ministry tasked with a roadmap to achieve the one million jobs within the first year of the Tonse Alliance administration, which President Lazarus Chakwera, is leading.

“Reforming the procedures on how TEPs are issued will ensure that only expatriates with special skills are allowed to work in the country while giving more opportunity to Malawians especially the youth.

“I have assured the Honourable Minister that myself and the Reforms team will be readily available to ensure that we move with speed especially when it comes to reviewing and amending archaic legislation so that we have labour laws that reflect modernity. Have a good evening. Stay safe, Covid-19 is real,” said Chilima.

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KWAVUTA MAGANGA
10 months ago

I totally agree with Kachala. The Indian Owned Companies are abusing Malawian Workers. They can by TPEs from our Corrupt Immigration without any Qualification worth to be called an Expatriate. All they do is to provide Security over and above the well structured Security Services Provided. At our place the Indians get special preference and its true that they are paid huge Salaries +400% more than qualified Malawians. The Tonse Government should take bold steps to get to the bottom of this. Flush out all Foreigners not deserved to be Expatriates and Create jobs for Malawians. As a matter of… Read more »

An Eye for an Eye
10 months ago

The Industrial Relations Court should also be reviewed. There is a backlog of cases there.

ARENZY
ARENZY
10 months ago

Please Check on the TEP, most of the people who are called expatriates most of them are watchmen, they can even write and speak not even having academic qualifications.

KACHALA
10 months ago
Reply to  ARENZY

Well, on this one I would score the Vice President 4/10 score. You have just addressed a very important matter that require Executive Attention. The issue Workers Compensation fund is Overdue. It is an area which is being abused and the Private Sector is struggling with the defrauded by Our so called Learned Colleagues. We have fraudulent Claims in the Manufacturing sector and somehow the Courts are presumably conniving with the tricksters and cripple the Sector. Rt. Hon. Vice President, you may wish to take a bold step and appreciate how the Citizens are suffering in the Companies owned by… Read more »

Okay
Okay
10 months ago

Overpromising likely not achievable due to 4 trillion public debt and 1.3 trillion corruption hole. Wake up saulos stop dreaming

Bondo
Bondo
10 months ago

Chipani cha MCP chibweze ndalama za nkhani nkhani kwa mtundu wa Malawi zomwe zinatengedwa kudzera ku makadi ndi mphatso zokakamizidwa. Ngati HRDC muli a chilungamo muikoke nkhani imeneyi.

DPP YINALUZA
DPP YINALUZA
10 months ago
Reply to  Bondo

Ba lirilani MCP pachiwongolero 5 years

Bob Finyeol9
Bob Finyeol9
10 months ago

Where are the 1 million jobs? It’s now well over a month you have been in government but not single job has been created. Very clueless.

henry
10 months ago

Please think about our pension fund.

Huti
Huti
10 months ago

Too much TALK from this charlatan of a SALESMAN but minimal action. Chilima is a conman. The problem is people are easily fooled by this conman.

Youmoney
10 months ago

Dreaming a lot. Dwell on your manifestoes

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