SOME Chinese investors in the mining industry have complained to the MineWorkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) about the poor work culture of some Zambians whom they have employed.
The Chinese investors have since appealed to the union to talk to its Zambian members about the importance of improving their work culture and increasing production so that the management at the company could also be motivated to give them better conditions of service.
MUZ general secretary Joseph Chewe said some Chinese investors had complained that their Zambian employees did not put in their best compared to their Chinese colleagues who were always working hard to increase production.
Mr Chewe said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that following the complaints from the Chinese investors, MUZ was urging Zambians to work hard and be equal to the task like their Chinese colleagues.
“As MUZ, we have received reports from some Chinese investors that their Zambian workers do not put in the best compared to their Chinese colleagues. So, it is for this reason that I would like to urge our members working for Chinese companies to work hard so that employers do not have an excuse when it comes to giving them better conditions of service.
“Employees can only safeguard their jobs through being hard-working and increasing production at their work place. Our advice to the members is that they should be focused and hard-working,” Mr Chewe said.
He, however, advised employers to reward their deserving workers handsomely during this year’s Labour Day celebrations for them to feel appreciated by the company.
Mr Chewe said while some Zambian workers might have a poor work culture, there were others who had a good work culture and deserved to be rewarded handsomely during the Labour Day celebrations.
“Yes, there may be some workers who do not have a good work culture, but certainly, it is not every Zambian. There are others who are hard workers. So, it is those Zambian workers who are hard workers who deserve to be rewarded handsomely on Labour Day,” he said.
Mr Chewe said this year’s Labour Day celebrations would be held under the theme “Achieving national development through productive, decent work, sustainable Job creation and social Justice”.
“The theme is appropriate in that it focuses on the need to rebuild the national economy by creating sustainable employment in order to promote social justice and decent living conditions for all workers and the people of this country,” he said.