The Ministry of Labour and social security has suspended operations at United Quarries Limited Company situated in Chongwe for failing to comply with the requirements of the law.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour Chanda Kaziya says the two Chinese expatriates namely Ai Hui and Hu Shang dang at the company have also been ordered to report to immigration offices.

This follows inspections conducted at the company on Friday which revealed the that workers do not have contracts of employment and there was a generalization of work .

Mr Kaziya said it is unfortunate that workers at the company were paid below the minimum wage of which they have not paid overtime despite working long hours.

He has since instructed that workers’ salaries be paid in full during four weeks period of which operations will be suspended .

The PS also noted that the company has no adequate serviced fire extinguisher s and that workers did not have protective closings while the sanitary conditions at the company are poor .

Mr. Kaziya further advised the company to calculate and pay all salary underpayments in arrears and submit a payment schedule to the Labour office.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Yes that looks like some one is working. HOWEVER BA PS WITH DUE RESPECT, WHY NOT LEAVE THIS TO LABOUR INSPECTORS and YOU GIVING THEM PERFORMANCE TARGETS!! If you, yourself keep going to these industries, you may fail to attend to your highlevel duties. HOWEVER, SO FAR SO GOOD, YOU HAVE KEPT THE MOMENTUM AFTER PROMOTION!!

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    • I wonder which evil is more bearable, non payment of salaries of civil servants (by this govt) or under payment of salaries (by Chinese company).

      These employers can see that this government keeps jerking around citizens, that is why they think they can do the same.

      Try leading by example Mr. PS.

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    • Thank you. This is a good start, but what we need is a SYSTEM that works and is implemented consistently. Not just when someone wakes up and decides to go visit companies to check on compliance. In addition, why are we allowing “expatriates” to come and do foreman jobs that our people can do? This is why our people end up being general workers without specialisation. This really needs to be arrested, urgently.

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  2. Ba reporter do your work. In a story like this you must give us pictures but it looks like you are only relying on one source the ministry. They gave you a press release and you went to town. That is clerical journalism

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  3. Hypocrites do not have shame in their eyes. How about long service bonus for government workers, what about leave days where is the money. Retirees are not paid and we should be the first to stone the Chinese at United Quarries – are we serious.
    Let government summon itself also its that simple.
    Disaster!

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    • The thing is this practice has been going on for ages. Government has known about this all along.

      I suspect the Chinese have stopped giving out brown envelopes to our corrupt ministers, hence this noise.

      We have selfish leaders.

      How I wish leaders like the late Thomas Sinkara of Burkina Faso were abundant in Africa. Kagame has shown the way, but Lungu is too drunk to emulate his noble efforts.

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  4. am one person who does not believe in Asian investors. These guys are fond of cutting corners. always expecting more from their workers while paying peanuts.

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  5. BRAVO BWANA PS. THEY ARE ALOT OF COMPANIES ESPECIALLYTHESE SECURITY COMPANIES LIKE G4S, ARMAGUARD ETC PAY THERE WORKERS PEANUTS AND THEY ALWAYS SUBJECT THERE WORKERS INTO HARDSHIP. IMAGINE,LIKE G4S NO OVERTIME AND IT STARTS AT 18HRS. WHEN YOU SPEAK THEY THREATEN TO FIRE U. PLEASE,TWAPAPATA,CAN U MAKE THESE PEOPLE PAY US MI NIMUM WAGES.THEY MAKE ALOT OF CASH BEYOND ANYTHING.

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