Shoprite Workers in Zambia to See Significant Wage Increase

Shoprite Workers in Zambia to See Significant Wage Increase

From The New Age

Shoprite Holdings has agreed to increase wages for its Zambian workforce by up to 34 percent after Lusaka threatened to shut down its stores over the pay issue.

Shoprite, Africa’s biggest retailer, will increase wages for its roughly 3,000 Zambian workers by between 15 and 34 percent, said Robert Munsanje, president of the National Union of Industrial Workers.

“We signed the agreement last week and the lowest paid worker will now get about 1,500 kwacha ($280) and the highest paid will get close to 3,000 per month,” Munsanje said.

Shoprite this month fired its Zambian workforce after employees went on strike for higher wages. That prompted labour minister Fackson Shamenda to threaten to revoke the grocer’s trading license.

Shamenda has also said Shoprite should pay above the minimum wage because it is a foreign company. Following the wage deal, Shoprite would pay at least three times the mininum wage of 520 kwacha in the southern African country.

“The Shoprite Group is satisfied that a new wage agreement with the union was finally reached in Zambia,” spokeswoman Sarita van Wyk said in a statement.

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