By Elias Hakizimana.
In line with celebrating the International Labour Day, the executive committee of the Rwandese Socialist Labour party (PSR) wishes Rwandan workers a happy anniversary of International Labour Day and calls up on the Ministry of Public Service and Labour (MIFOTRA), the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning to determine a minimum guaranteed wage (MGW).
The call was made last evening on April 30, 2018 during the press conference with the executive committee of the party.
The party also urges workers to perform their different duties with more diligence to improve their living conditions and those of their families.
Some of PSR’s principles include the information sharing on job and labour market and promote private sector as well as encouraging foreign investors in line with promoting infrastructure and tax payment according to the officials of the party.
Hon. Jean Baptiste Rucibigango, chairman of PSR said that they have been dealing with a problem of minimum guaranted wage since a long ago.
“It is a problem we still have in Rwanda since we started the process of requesting for a minimum Guaranteed wage. In 1949 with colonial period, this problem was there were the MGW was Rwf2 and was legally acceptable. In 1950, most of us were not yet born, but the MGW was RwF5, in 1960, it was Rw8.5, in 1974 and 1980s, this was Rwf100 until today. This cause problems to the workers’ social security and what is worst is that that law still there and no change to date,” Rucibigango noted.
Hon. Jean Baptiste Rucibigango, chairman of PSR
He further said that it is not the problem of poor financial capacity of the country to work on this issue and requests for joint effort of the government and concerned authorities to determine the minimum guaranteed wage.
The Minimum Guaranteed Wage is defined as the daily lowest remuneration to be paid to a worker in order for him/her to survive and this is still low since 1974 where the law provides Rwf 100 per day.
This, according to PSR, has a negative impact on the setting of salaries in the private sector, hampering the determination of compensation in insurance by social security institutions and that of pension package.
However, according to Alphonse Kayiranga Mukama, PSR Secretary General, the government avoids to determine prices on goods and salaries to overcome any challenge that can limit investors to invest their money in the country fearing to pay much money to employees.
The statistics show that 93 percent of Rwandan workers live on the informal sector. In this regard, PSR Party requests public organs in charge of the informal sector to establish laws governing health insurance and occupational accident insurance on behalf of informal sector workers as well as social security for the retired.
Furthermore, in accordance with the law No.13/2014 of 20/05/2014 on mining and quarry operations, this labour party requests mine operators to take measures to eliminate once and for all accidents occurring during mine and quarry exploitation and to first of all have at heart the lives of the workers they employ.
Elias Hakizimana @theinspirerpubl