Chinese abusing workers: ZCTU

HARARE - Chinese nationals with businesses in the country are in the habit of ill-treating and abusing their employees, Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) president Peter Mutasa said last week.

Speaking at the commemorations for World Day for Safety and Health, Mutasa said complaints against the Chinese in Zimbabwe were increasing every day.

Our sister paper the Weekend Post in the past also carried stories of how some Chinese firms are now paying their workers in form of bricks as they refuse to part with United States dollars.

“Every day, workers are being abused by the Chinese and that should be a cause for concern for the country. We do not know where they are getting their power to do these things and we want that to be stopped immediately. Some of these Chinese employers go to the extent of beating their employees if they get upset or frustrated.”

“We must not allow this abuse to go further anymore. This is our country and they should dance to the tune of our music. We must socialise them into the ways of our country and not the other way round. We cannot let guests to our country dictate to us how we should conduct our business,” Mutasa said.

He said that the Chinese do whatever they want with no repercussions, but the same cannot be said for locals.

Employers Confederation of Zimbabwe (Emcoz) president Josephat Kahwema said the reports received of abuse by the Chinese were disturbing to the employers’ organisation.

He said as employers their main concern is to ensure the well-being of their employees for the smooth running of any organisation and the country’s economy at large.

“As employers we believe that any organisation is made by the employees and their lives are critical. Their welfare is very important,” Kahwema said.

In 2014, a Chinese-owned Gweru chrome mine was dragged before the labour court for allegedly not paying its workers their full salaries and intimidating its employees.

Last year, the Zimbabwe Diamond Miners Workers’ Union dragged the Chinese-owned Detroop Mine near Chinhoyi to the National Employment Council over alleged abuse of employees.

The complaints raised by the workers included unfair labour practices, non-payment of overtime, no grading system, assault of employees, underpayment of wages and a lack of safety clothing.

Last year, President Robert Mugabe took the unprecedented step of attacking his all-weather friends the Chinese who he accused of “using” local women and then dumping them when they fell pregnant.

“We see only the men. Men only. Ah! Where do they find women? They leave their wives in China and come here on long-term contracts, for two or three years. These are not students but grown men with wives back home. Can such men survive five years without a woman, just watching the local girls from a distance,” said Mugabe.

Comments (4)

Chinese beating their Zimbabwean employees ? Zvazodziigwa zvivanhu zviya zvino. Kare kwedu isu vana Masamba taizvibata, tozvimonyorora mitsipa tocherera pasi. No foreigner cannot be allowed to get that far no matter how much they have poured into our country. Never !

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 8 May 2017

Sadly nothing will be done to them, have you ever checked their licences, they are not suppose to be in retail, how are they surviving, its all corruption. This country in big trouble

Tariro Shumba - 9 May 2017

These are some of the benefits of the 'look East Policy' together with the Chinese Deals which zanupf was braging about. The affected must now wake-up and smell the coffee vote wisely in 2018.

Sinyo - 9 May 2017

The main problem in the Chinese illtreatment of employees is corruption. One Chinese company Reden Gold Mine in Gweru is paying employees $150 per month yet mining industry minimum wages is $253 per month. The employees took the company to court and guess what the union guys bribbed, the Labour court judge bribed and as we speak still no change to the unlawfull underpayment. So we are killing our own country and these Chinese have grown a tendency of doing what they want bribing every office. Most of the Chinese companies in this country evade taxes in a lot of ways.

Luther Delarey - 15 June 2017

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