The ministry of labour should quickly address the misunderstandings between workers and management of Sino Hydro in Itezhi-Tezhi where employees have downed tools demanding better salaries, says UPND aspiring candidate Jacob Mubambo
Mr Mubambo charged that lack of communal understanding has led to the many challenges and differences that the construction project of the hydro power plant has suffered
According to Mubambo, the unnecessary strikes by workers which the project was experiencing since its inception was as a result of lack of direction by the ministry of labour.
Reacting to the decision by workers to down tools during the course of this week, Mr Mubambo said that it was uncalled for government to allow workers at Sino Hydro to be mistreated by the contractor.
He said that the welfare of workers was supposed to be prioritized , adding that it was unbelievable workers were being paid less than the minimum wage as per law. Mr Mubambo charged that the ministry of labour should be firm on the matter and quickly move in to protect the interest of workers. He said that there were a lot of misgivings by the workers due to the manner Government officers have been handling the disputes at Sino Hydro. Last week, more than 400 workers paralyzed the construction project after they downed tools demanding better conditions of service from the Chinese company.
The workers’ representative Mr Simon Tilimboi told the Daily Nation that some of the workers were detained for seven days after they complained of poor conditions of service. Mr Tilimboi said that workers were still on strike and were not willing to resume works because of the situation. He said that management has since threatened to dismiss all the workers if the protest continued by tomorrow.