Minister Says Government to Implement Workers Fund

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Malawi’s Labour Minister Henry Mussa has said that government will from this year onwards make sure to compensate workers when they get injured or die in line of duty.

This development comes after there were disagreements between employers and their workers on the issue to do with compensation when they suffer injuries or death while on duty.

According to local media reports, the implementation of the Workers Fund follows the passing of the law in parliament last year.

“Workers’ compensation statutes are designed to ensure that employees who are injured or disabled on the job are not required to cover medical bills related to their on-the-job injury, and are provided with monetary awards to cover loss of wages directly related to the accident, as well as to compensate for permanent physical impairments,” Mussa has been quoted by the local media.

He went on to say that workers’ compensation is a form of insurance providing wage replacement and medical benefits to employees injured in the course of employment in exchange for mandatory relinquishment of the employee’s right to sue his or her employer for the tort of negligence.

“The law also protects employers and fellow workers by limiting the amount an injured employee can recover from an employer and by eliminating the liability of co-workers in most accident,” Mussa said.