FOREIGN FIRMS THAT HAVE NOT EFFECTED THE NEW MINIMUM WAGE WILL BE COMPELLED TO PAY ARREARS…..
March 30, 2019
By AARON CHIYANZO
FOREIGN firms that have not effected the new minimum wage will be compelled to pay arrears, Minister of Labour and Social Security Joyce Nonde Simukoko has warned.
Ms Simukoko said she was privy to information that some foreign owned security companies had not been paying their workers’ salaries in accordance with the minimum wage requirements for the past six years.
She told the Daily Nation that her ministry would soon start inspecting to check which companies had not been complying with the minimum wage.
Ms Simukoko reiterated that the minimum requirement was law and that Government expected all companies to comply. She warned foreign companies to comply with the laws of the land if they were to operate freely.
Ms Simukoko warned that all companies that had not been complying with the minimum wage law would
be forced to pay workers’ arrears.
“We are soon moving in to check which companies have not been complying with the minimum wage. We have already received reports that a certain foreign company has not been paying workers in accordance with the requirements for the past six years. They will be forced to pay the arrears,” she said.
Ms Simukoko advised employees to report to her ministry if their employers had not effected the minimum wage.
The minister reiterated that she would not allow employers to steal money that rightfully belonged to their workers. And Ms Simukoko said Government would soon introduce the sector minimum wage policy.