By Hannock Kasama

Cabinet has approved the issuance of a Statutory Instrument on the review of the minimum wages and conditions of service for domestic workers, shop workers and other employees encompassed by the Minimum Wages and Conditions of Employment Act.

This follows the recommendation of the Tripartite Consultative Labour Council meeting where government, Trade Unions and the representatives of employers, agreed to review the existing minimum wages.

The approval of the issuance of a Statutory Instrument on the review of the minimum wages was made during the 18th Cabinet Meeting on Monday Chaired by President HAKAINDE HICHILEMA.

Chief Government Spokesperson CORNELIUS MWEETWA told ZNBC News in a statement that during the meeting, Cabinet noted that workers on the minimum wage must be accorded good conditions of service due to an increase in the cost of living.

And Mr. MWEETWA said Cabinet also approved the issuance of the National Pension Scheme Authority –NAPSA- Penalty Waiver Regulations, 2023 to operationalise the provisions of the National Pension Scheme Amendment Act Number, 20 of 2022 on the Penalty Waiver.

He said NAPSA Penalty Waiver Regulations, 2023 serves to reduce the debt burden of businesses and to give relief to employers with regards to the clearance of their NAPSA outstanding dues.

Meanwhile, Mr. MWEETWA said Cabinet has approved the introduction of three bills to parliament namely the Zambia Institute of Procurement and Supply Bill, 2023, Zambia Institute of Architects Bill, 2023, and Zambia Institute of Quantity Surveyors Bill, 2023

He said Cabinet has also approved the Amendment Protocol on the Agreement for the Establishment of the Intergovernmental Standing Committee on Shipping of goods in international trade.

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