Times investigations revelaed that the workers concerned were those that worked for a Chinese-owned firm, Exploration Construction currently undertaking construction of LCM institutional facilities, who had complained of poor conditions of service.
Investigations revealed that the workers were subjected to poor conditions of service by paying them low salaries and housing many of them in one house. Some of the workers interviewed at one of the contruction sites at the Director's Lodge and did not want to be mentioned said they were not happy with their conditions of service.
They said management paid them as low as K180,000 per month while the highest paid worker went with K230,000 per month. "We sometimes get as low as K180,000 and these people expect us to live on that. Well-paid workers got K230,000 per month," one of the workers who pleaded anonymity said.
The workers accused their Zambian supervisors of allegedly being unfair and behaving like their Chinese directors. The frustrated and disgruntled workers said once a worker was late or went to the hospital, management deducted K20,000 from the salary.
One of the director's of Exploration Company, Ge Yi Lin said he had about 100 workers working on the construction of the LCM facilities. Mr Ge asked his Zambian interpreter how many they were in one house and the interpreter said 11. Mr Ge suggested that if the workers were still uncomfortable with the number that shared their houses, he would give workers K40,000 each so that they could find better accommodation for themselves. He could however, not respond as to whether K40,000 was enough for the workers to find better accommodation.
Friday, 11 December 2009
Mining Reflections: Proposition Three (Update)
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