The Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM) was registered in 1963 under the Trustees Incorporation Act of Malawi as an employers’ trade association representing all subscribing employers. We have direct membership from 250 organizations, which includes 6 associations. The associations represent over 277,000 members. The primary role of the Employers’ Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM) is the promotion, guidance and protection of employers’ interests in labour, employment and socio-economic issues.
A unique advantage that ECAM has over other organizations that deal with employers in Malawi is that it is the only institution recognised by the Labour Relations Act (LRA) of 1996 as a representative body of employers. ECAM thus forms part of the tripartite in the labour market in Malawi which is comprised of the Government as represented by the Ministry of Labour, and the Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU), representing unions.
As part of the tripartite, ECAM represents employers in, among other things, the process of revising minimum wages and the highest advisory body on labour issues, the Tripartite Labour Advisory Council (TLAC). The TLAC advises the Minister on issues relating to labour and employment, freedom of association, international labour standards and human resource development. Further to that, ECAM is also part of the Industrial Relations Court (IRC). The IRC arbitrates over labour disputes between employers and employees. The IRC's decision has the same force and effect as any other decision of a competent court (s.75).
From time to time, ECAM collects and collates information on economic and employment matters. In addition we issue position papers and public statements of direct interest to employers through mass media and appropriate fora. ECAM is also extensively engaged in management development programmes.