Innscor workers protest revocation of deportation

Zambian workers have protested the revocation of a deportation order against Innscor operations director Jane Skamarangas whom they have accused of being sarcastic and uncaring of workers.

Ms. Skamarangas is represented by M.K Kabimba law firm.

The decision by Minister of Home Affairs Edgar Lungu to revoke the deportation of Skamarangas has left Zambian workers shocked and angry, they do not understand why government went against the feelings of the workers who were victims of insults and abusive language by Skamarangas.

Labour Minister Jackson Shamenda has strongly warned that government would not tolerate any employer as well as foreign investors who abuse or use abusive language to workers.

The workers were informed last week before her return that she would be taking her position back immediately they formalize her work permit and other legal issues with government.

Ms. Skamarangas was deported last year in October due to persistent reports of abuse and victimizing workers at Bonjour, Galitos, Pizza Inn, Vasilis among other food chain outlets.

The workers accused her of criminalizing workers living with HIV who she later dismissed on flimsy grounds.

The workers complained that Mr. Lungu was not honest with the worker after he failed to consult them before he could revoke the deportation order barely four months after she was forced out of the country for abuse of workers.

“We wonder the type of a government we have where it has no interest of its own people. Mr. Lungu has betrayed us because we don’t know other issues he disclosed to these people before the deportation was revoked. We are living here in constant fear that the day she will report for work some of us will lose jobs. We are saying this because before she was deported we were in consultation but we are shocked that this time no consultation had been made,” they said.

Skaramangas was forced out of the country for abusing Zambian workers last year in October but she returned in last week Thursday after lawyers from MK Kabimba and company successively argued her case at the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Source within the Migration Department in the Ministry of Home Affairs confirmed the development to the Daily Nation saying that the office of Mr. Lungu had been discussing with Skamarangas lawyers from MK Kabimba and company over her return to Zambia.The source said that the department had advised the Minister not to go ahead and revoke the deportation order because issues raised against her by the workers were serious issues which needed proper investigations before any action or decision could be made.

The officials said that even if the Minister indicated that she had made her case through her laws to reverse the deportation, it was only prudent that the interest of Zambian workers whose rights and freedoms to work were breached put into considerations.

“We told the minister (Mr. Lungu) that it will be difficult for the people of Zambia especially those living with HIV she discriminated and abused. This is a very serious issue which should not be left unresolved. We told him that we know that you have power to deport and revoke the deportation but you need to consider the cries of the people of Zambia,” they said.

The workers said that she was in the country to sort out all those that were behind her deportation, adding that so far a Human Resource Manager and another outlet manager had been dismissed in relation to the matter.

When contacted for a comment Minister of Home Affairs Edgar Lungu through his Aid could not respond as he was in Zimbabwe attending a meeting.

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