Fackson Shamenda, Zambia’s labour minister has gone to the Chinese-owned Collum coal mine in Sinazongwe, 200 miles south of the capital Lusaka to try and broker a peace deal. The miners are on strike because their wages are lower than a new minimum wage of £205 a month paid to shop workers.
GDP per capita is around $1,600….£1,100 close enough. And they’ve a minimum wage (for one sector, sure) of £3,000 a year?
What are they doing? It would be like saying that the UK minimum wage should be £60,000 a year.
It’s not going to work, is it?