"I asked, “What have I done wrong?” and [the supervisor] replied, “Don’t you know you’re not supposed to talk, you’re a slave.” [My boss] and his supervisor spoke in Chinese for several minutes, and then he said I was fired. After being fired, I went to the safety officer and took him to the workplace. Then I went to see the HR [human resources] officer, who confirmed that he had been to the site where the problem started. He was very defensive of the Chinese, he didn't even address the issue of working near the fire without fire safety equipment. HR told me to go home, that they would finish their investigations. I have taken the case to court..."
From a new hard hitting report on the human rights abuse of Chinese companies in Zambia. Sadly, all of this is nothing new to many of our readers. Nevertheless it is useful to have a report that independently brings to these issues. The recommendations there are also useful, particularly the need to increase monetary fines and increase capacity at the Ministry of Mines in relation to safety.