Opposition Patriotic Front Kankoyo Member of Parliament Percy Chanda has described the monthly wages for workers engaged by ZAM-Chin contractors to construct houses in Mufulira as slavery.
And Mufulira town clerk, Charles Mwandila, has asked the workers who are complaining
to terminate their contracts if they are not happy with the wages.
Mr. Chanda who was received at the Chibolya site today with hostility by both ZAM-Chin officials and the site foreman Davis Musonda, refused to comment on the complaints by the workers, saying that the MP had not followed procedure when inquiring about the wages.
The uncompromising Mr. Musonda told Mr. Chanda that he was interfering in the operations of the contractor and that he should leave the Zam-Chin officials alone because they were not able to communicate well in the English language.
Some workersÂ talked to by ZANIS said they are being paid K5,000 per day for building of theÂ 44 houses.
They also complained that the contractor had withheld their National Registration Cards (NRCs) for no apparent reason.
Mr. Musonda explained that management withheld their NRCs because some workers were running away with uniforms when recruited.
And Mr. Mwandila has castigated the complaining workers to leave the site if they are not satisfied with the wages because they had agreed to be paid K150,000 per month at K5,000 per day before being.
Zam-Chin has been contracted by ZCCM- Investment Holdings to construct 44 houses in
Chibolya township for the former Zambia Railways compound residents. The project is expected to be completed by September this year.