Ecam consults on labour amendments

THE Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (Ecam) has started consulting on proposed amendments to the Employment Bill and Labour Relations Act.
Among others, government is proposing changes to the Employment Act to include new provisions such as special working conditions for pregnant women and paternity leave for male employees in formal employment.
The Labour Relations Amendment Bill is proposing, among others, inserting new subsections to Section 46 to provide for an employer’s right to deduct money from the earnings of an employee who is on strike.
According to the amendment bill, this proposal is in line with International Labour Organisation guidelines which entitle an employer to respond to a strike by deducting money from the employee’s wages.
There is a proposal in Section 47 of the Labour Relations Act to list essential services that cannot participate in industrial action such as strike or lockout.
Another proposal is that the IRC has been restructured to exclude the requirement of employer and employee panellists. In an interview, Ecam Executive Director, Beyani Munthali said the Association is yet to take a stand on the proposals that have been made.
He said consultations are still underway afterwhich Ecam will present its stand on the proposed changes. But Munthali said early feedback from Ecam members is showing that there is need for more capacity at the IRC to ensure that the institution is effectively carrying out its mandate.

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