JCTR welcomes minimum wage


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JESUIT Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) says the recently announced minimum wage by Government is a welcome move in addressing  poverty among disadvantaged groups of people like domestic workers and shop keepers. The human development component in Zambia continues to be characterised by high poverty levels at 60.5 percent and high levels of unemployment, especially among the youths that account for over 80 percent, the country’s population. JCTR acting social conditions programme manager Sosten Banda said the minimum wage dialogue and implementation is key to addressing income, poverty and unemployment in the country. Mr Banda said this in a statement availed to the mail in Lusaka yesterday. He said the cost of living as measured by the JCTR’s Basic Needs Basket (BNB) for the month of July 2012 for an average family of five living in Lusaka was K3, 445,660. This shows a marginal increase of K49, 340 from K3, 395,660 in June 2012.

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