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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Ministry of Labour Gives Chinese Firm 7 days to improve working conditions for workers

General News Ministry of Labour Gives Chinese Firm 7 days to improve working conditions...

Ministry of Labour Permanent Secretary Chanda Kazhiya has given the contractor China Jiangsu up to next week Friday to improve working conditions for workers on its site at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka.

China Jiangsu is the contractor working on the US$60 Million Multi-Facility Conference Center at the Mulungushi International Conference in Lusaka. This is in readiness for Zambia’s hosting of the Africa Union Summit in 2022.

Mr. Kazhiya gave an ultimatum to China Jiangsu when he made an impromptu visit with inspectors from his Ministry. The Permanent Secretary is not happy that workers are not provided with safety shoes at the site.

Mr. Kazhiya while on the tour of the site was told by the workers that they are not allowed to go home by management for fear of spreading Covid-19. He also learnt that the male workers were not provided with mattresses and instead sleep on rubber beds.

And in response to the ultimatum, China Jiangsu Deputy Manager Wang Shulin explained that plans are underway to buy mattresses for workers and safety shoes.

Mr. Wang promised to improve the working conditions of workers as demanded by the government.

26 COMMENTS

  1. The pf government works for the patriotic citizens. We are here to protect you and your rights at whatever cost. We don’t take to kneeling, we are action based

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  2. Leave the hardworking, down to earth Chinese Zambians. It is better to give 7 days ultimatum to lazy Lozi and my fellow Luapulan workers and there MPs.
    Chinese are the first hardworking tribe in Zambia.

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  3. CHINESE 7 DAYS ? WHAT ABOUT THE INDIANS WHO YOUR OFFICE HAS CONSTANTLY SHIELDED, OUR LABOUR LAWS IN ZAMBIA ARE EXTREMELY WEAK AND PATHETIC PEOPLE IN THOSE OFFICES NEVER SERIOUS

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  4. Iwe Khaziya, I strongly urge you to prepare your apology letter. Otherwise you will be history.

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  5. So the youths’ voice has sent shivers kuli bangwele ai? Only now they can pretend to be working? Kikikikiki.

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  6. But how do you embark on a project when you ain’t ready? down payment was made and am sure that was for ppe attire and other materials for the project to resume. Equally the ministry of labour fimofimo you are supposed to inspect before the project resumed to ensure safety standards are adhered to.Ma rubbisb yeka-yeka….meantime PF must……. ??? fill in the blanks!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. PF MUST GO.
    The entire PF is without any spine to talk to Chinese, PF regime has mortgaged the nation and its citizens as Chinese workmen worth nothing.

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  8. We’re screwed, Chinese making their own laws in our country,can Zambia do the same in Shanghai? It’s a shame.

  9. is this for real? if an individual is not allowed to go to his/her home, if and when he/she wants to; that constitute kidnappin o an individual cannot be held against his/her will. its against their human rights and their entitlement to freedom. these people should be able to SUE this/theses CHINAMAN FIRMS. When i read and hear of what is happening in Zambia, i can only conclude that Zambians have been sold out, lock stock and barrel.

  10. This is good. Proof the Labour laws are being applied.

    Just wondering what gives with our Chinese friends. Rubber mattresses? China can manufacture anything in two minutes. What’s with making people sleep on floors.

    I wonder why labour ministry are not tackling the human rights abuse of preventing workers family time. Denial of it is no guarantee of covid19 prevention. If it was we’d all just run away from our families!

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  11. Useless ministries if a company is breaking the law send them to court not that 7 PF day nonsense to get a bribe…the same thing LCC did last week to PF pubs that were breaking the law last week

  12. You don’t go to work without protective clothing, the first thing to do is first arrange where people will sleep then protective clothing if you don’t have then you don’t qualify for a contract.
    That contractor must be charged for neglecting the safety of workers it is the same as allowing people to die at work he has already commented an offence.
    What Zambians must realise is that they are paying this contractor to do the job he is not doing it for free no not at all he will be paid at all costs, by the way when he calculated the cost for that contract he included the workers salaries their safety boots and anything concerning the contract, if he doesn’t provide them then he is stealing from the government .
    He is not just stealing from the innocent workers but also the…

  13. This evening I took my newly purchased range rover for a test drive around the streets of lusaka. I was listening to Oliver mthukudzi and the likes of simply red. I was deep in thought looking around Lusaka seeing all the amazing infrastructure development this party has undertaken. It made me realise why the zambian people have been voting us back into power and why they will again. I love you ba lungu. X

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  14. All these revelations are a tip of the iceberg. Can we be serious for once. No one in this regime is taking any determinate action to end the systematic abuse of workers or enforce their rights. How can you have people in responsible positions of office say nothing? Apart from debasing the Constitution, ECL only ever uses his ‘powers’ (and more commonly wrongly and excessively) for dealing with the opposition and ‘opponents’. His friends, local and foreign, continue to ride roughshod over the Zambian people. Where is mama Inonge? Where is the Human Rights Commission? Where are the NGO’s?

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  15. So after 7 days what will you do? We will continue maltreating you Zambians cos you are sleepy and your government is in our pocket. We have contracts here so you can’t chase us.
    Meanwhile I wonder why LT blocks my post when I write in Mandarin

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  16. We build your infrastructure but you are not happy with us , why chambia? Come to China, we show you good welcome.

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  17. Hey you PF slave traders, how much have to you made so far from trading Zambians as slaves to the Chinese? You need to declare your profits, as you’ve to pay taxes on them. You’re just as disgusting as the buyers who have continued to enslave our people in their own country. You shameless slave traders. Or maybe we have to drag you to the ICC for your modern slave trading.

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  18. Kaizar Joseph Goebbels Zulu, shut the heck up if you’ve nothing of substance to say. You and your fellow PF slave traders will be locked up next year.

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  19. There is something missing here. Why is it that a foreign contractor goes on site and disregards the labour laws with impunity only to be reminded by govt agencies? Is it not mandatory that even before they commence operations, labour laws have to be satisfied? This only happens in countries were the leadership is compromised. They know the weak points of the govt and are using them to their advantage. Cry my beloved country.

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