More jobs will be lost, says Employers Consultative Association of Malawi

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BLANTYRE (MalawiTalk) – Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (Ecam)  has said there will be more job losses in the country due to harsh economic environment .

Ecam executive director Mr George Khaki observed this following job cuts in Manica (Malawi) Limited, Bakhresa Malawi Limited and Kanengo Tobacco Processors Limited folded.

About 225 jobs have been affected.

Khaki said  because the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been great worldwide “local enterprises will continue to have low productivity and more jobs will be lost.”

Manica, a prominent logistics company a subsidiary of Ceva Logistics Group of Companies—an international company based in France, said it will undertake an organisational restructuring exercise to retrench some employees as operational and staff costs are high due to large number of employees compared to the revenues generated.

“The exercise will mean several divisions will be merged to form one and some other jobs will be made redundant,”  reads a memo dated March 31 addressed to Ministry of Labour.

Malawi Congress of Trade Union’s general Secretary Mr  Denis Kalekeni said Tonse Allaince government needs to cushion and provide a conducive environment for the private sector by creating a social protection scheme.

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