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Labour officers urged to enforce decent work standards

Minister of Labour Agness NyaLonje has urged district labour officers to enforce labour laws that promote decent work standards that are internationally recognised.

Speaking in Lilongwe when she officially opened a three-day conference for labour inspectors, NyaLonje said this is crucial for sustainable economic development.

The conference will review the national labour administration performance and foster cooperation, mutual learning, and networking, believed to be important values in the promotion of decent work at workplaces.

“Currently, our labour productivity level is very low. We don’t even come anywhere near the average. The average labour productivity in SADC is $9.08 per hour, whereas our labour productivity is only $2.38 per hour,” she said.

NyaLonje said her ministry’s mandate is to develop and protect the country’s labour force in order to contribute to the socio-economic development of Malawi, aligning with the goals and objectives of Malawi 2063.

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