Government to inspect workplaces on employee rights

The Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development says it will inspect companies and organizations to check working conditions of employees across the country.

The move follows a concern raised by the Malawi Congress of Trade Union (MCTU) that workers are facing abuse in workplaces.

MCTU president, Luther Mambala said most of the workers are paid low wages as well as exposed to hazardous environments.

“Workers are being paid peanuts which in negatively affecting them,” Mambala said.

During International Labour Day commemorations in 2017, Mambala cited the current minimum wage which is pegged at K690 per day as very low in relation to people’s living standards.

In his reaction to the concern, the Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, Francis Kasaila said plans are under way to do the inspection in workplaces across the country.

However, Kasaila disclosed that the exercise needs a lot of resources.

“As a Ministry they need more resources to carry out the inspection since travelling across the country requires resources like vehicles and fuel among others.”

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