LABOUR Minister Fackson Shamenda has directed his Permanent Secretary, Trevor Kaunda to immediately summon Shoprite Checkers management and the union representatives to resolve allegations leveled against the former.
In an interview yesterday, Mr Shamenda said management at Shoprite and leaders from the National Union of Commercial and Industrial Workers of Zambia (NUCIW) should report to his office immediately so that the problem can be addressed.
He said his office would not tolerate any lawlessness from any investors who wanted to flout stipulated labour laws in the country deliberately.
He issued the directive in the wake of a looming strike at all Shoprite Checkers outlets in the country because of the chain store's failure to implement the minimum wage as well as reducing workers' allowances.
And NUCIW has expressed disappointment with Shoprite Checkers management for ignoring Government's directive to implement the minimum wage.
NUCIW president Robert Musanje said due to non compliance with the law, a countrywide strike was looming.
Mr Munsanje said his union recently met with Shoprite Checkers' management to discuss why among other things, it had failed to implement the minimum wage but failed to give convincing reasons.
"It is a pity that managers at Shoprite Checkers have continued to ignore the implementation of minimum wage with impunity, imagine a situation where the managers had even gone to levels were they now reduce the workers' allowances," said Mr Musanje.
He said his union was in support of the planned countrywide strike because Shoprite was making huge profits an indication that it was able to pay its employees new improved salaries.
A check at some of the shops found workers working but they emphasised that they were only waiting for a go ahead from fellow employees in the provincial centres because meetings were currently underway.
When contacted for a comment, human resources manager Andrew Mwala referred all queries to his superiors.