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Ministry of Labour to intervene in PTC saga

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By Isaac Salima:

Minister of Labour Vera Kamtukule has said her ministry will ensure that workers at People’s Trading Centre (PTC) get their dues.

Workers at PTC, Food Lovers and Spar, have been protesting over unpaid salaries for two months and against how the company was sold by Press Corporation Limited to Tafika Holdings Limited.

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On Thursday, the workers organised demonstrations in Lilongwe where they petitioned the minister to address the issue.

“We are very much aware of the situation at PTC. As a ministry, we have engaged the company’s management to find out what the issues are. However, we are yet to meet management of Tafika Holdings Limited. We would like to find out what the issues are and how we can best support them so that the situation comes to its logical conclusion.

“When people have worked or provided services, they are supposed to be paid and if they are not getting their dues, it means something is wrong because that is a contractual issue and we need to find out what has happened for people not to be paid,” Kamtukule said.

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Press Corporation Limited in March this year sold 100 percent of its shares in PTC to Tafika Holdings Limited.

Following the development, workers demanded their severance pay and pension arrears before the new company could take over.

The workers have been at loggerheads with the company on the issue for weeks now.

In Thursday’s protests, one of the workers Lonny Kanjo said they were sent on forced leave after the company closed its shops and that they do not see any future in the company.

Sheriffs recently closed PTC head office in Blantyre over K300 million which the once-vibrant retail trader reportedly owed Rab Processors.

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