The Minister of Labor, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Francis Kasaila has revealed that government is not ready to table the Labor Amendment Bill in forthcoming Parliament session as the bill is still under scrutiny by the stakeholders.
Among others, the bill seeks to regulate illegal industrial strikes in the country as well as to give powers to employers to deduct wages from workers involved in illegal strikes.
“The issue about industrial strike versus regulatory framework is being discussed as a tripartite, thus the government, Association for Employers and Trade Unions. Discussions are still in progress and we haven’t yet come up with a conclusion on the matter,” said Kasaila.
Kasaila said they will only bring a bill to Parliament when it has been discussed fully by stake holders in order to have a law that is well respected among the concerned parties to avoid situations where the law can be challenged in court.
A few months ago, the then minister, Henry Mussa, told YFM that government will table the bill in the forthcoming Parliament sitting, with the aim of regulating industrial strikes which the country has faced for the past months.
The 47th Parliamentary session will be opened by President Peter Mutharika on November 10 in Lilongwe.