Zim probes worker abuse by Chinese firms

2012-05-01 18:42

Harare - Zimbabwe's labour minister says the government is investigating persistent reports of rampant abuse of workers by Chinese employers.

Labour minister Paurina Mupariwa told a Workers' Day celebration on Tuesday that a team of investigators has started visiting Chinese construction and mining companies to compile details of alleged abuses.

Labour officials say workers have complained of physical abuse by Chinese managers, earnings below the legal minimum, extended working hours and negligence over health and safety conditions.

Years of political and economic turmoil have seen an influx of Chinese businesses in a "Look East" policy announced by President Robert Mugabe to replace Western investors scared off by human rights violations and a black empowerment programme that envisions seizure of 51% of foreign-owned firms, excluding Chinese.

  • lulama - 2012-05-01 18:51

    Deport these chinese, they abuse people and eat everything. Seriously these people eat everything.

      Yar - 2012-05-01 19:00

      @lulama But you and your mates at the ANC believe that those yellow commies are a great bunch. Fantastic people to do business with!! I wonder if Bob M has taken his indigenisation program to the chinese owned businesses in Zim. I bet youy he wouldn't dare.

      Fred - 2012-05-01 19:12

      What a racist idea, lulama. Yar, if he did that he'd have nothing left to rely on. The Chinese regime is his last hope, like with Assad, although Assad has the Russian gun-running regime too.

      Yar - 2012-05-01 19:26

      @Fred I am sure the chinks would know what to do. If he tried to appropriate their assets, they would ensure a speedy departure for him.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-01 20:59

      The AU should thoroughly investigate Chinese "investments" in Africa!!

      Dave - 2012-05-01 21:37

      If you sleep with dogs, expect fleas.

      Tim - 2012-05-02 07:51

      The fault is clearly in the Chinese employer, who would be dumb enough to employ anyone in this continent, They are coming from a place where one works for most of the day putting in excess effort. But I'm sure there will be strikes or something ridiculous to disrupt productivity even further, You know Africa.

      Anthony - 2012-05-02 08:02

      @Dave sorry no dogs they have eaten them!!!

  • Tony - 2012-05-01 18:55

    Ja boet, you reap what you sow.

      Adam - 2012-05-01 20:07

      TRUE Tony, and our bunch of rocket scientists are busy sowing as we speak.

  • Al - 2012-05-01 19:08

    What did old sponge Bob square pants expect?

  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-05-01 19:09

    Look at how they treat their workers in China, do you think they'd their workers anywhere else in the world any better?

  • Alfred - 2012-05-01 19:21

    Behold, the great liberators! Saviours of Africa!

  • Ted - 2012-05-01 19:22

    This can't be correct. Zim firms are 51% controlled by blacks. Its the law isn't it? So, why does the headline single out people who should by law be the minority shareholder's? So Chinese are not foreign in Zim?

      Oscar - 2012-05-01 19:37

      Neither are they foreign in South Africa, they are like chameleons.

      Lacrimose - 2012-05-01 19:45

      Because Bob made a deal with the Chinese, effectively signing his country over to them back in 2009.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-01 19:30

    We told you,china.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-05-01 19:34

    He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon

  • braamc - 2012-05-01 19:35

    Funny that

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-05-01 19:41

    I've never been to Zim but, I know from observations that one has to be extremely humble, patient and enduring to work for a Chinese owned business in Southern Africa. One of the 'job requirements' is to be able to yell at people passing in the street and ask them to enter the shop you work for and check for items they might like (\ntate, kena o tlo bona!\).

      Lacrimose - 2012-05-01 20:47

      Not to mention being locked up all night with no food, ventilation or fire-escapes

  • Honest - 2012-05-01 19:44

    machina ava kuda kuonererwa takavachengeta mikosho yavo.

      Yar - 2012-05-01 19:58

      @Honest How much comment do you expect, or are you dyslexic.

      Emile - 2012-05-01 20:26

      Those with dyslexia are teople poo! LOL

      Yar - 2012-05-01 20:31

      @Emile - what does DNA stand for?

      Emile - 2012-05-01 20:47

      @Yar DNA stands for Deoxyribo Nucleic Acid

      nyengetel - 2012-05-01 22:04

      Sori hako mufes wangu, watukwa wena!

  • Rob - 2012-05-01 19:45

    Lol...Look @ how the Chinese treat their own, no wonder they treat those they consider beneath them in an even more abusive manner.

  • Louise-Roger - 2012-05-01 19:47

    Nothing's going to happen they can't afford to upset China its keeping that country going. They'll take over eventually.

  • Nicholas - 2012-05-01 19:53

    What an irony!! they are going to investigate the Chinese for abusing workers .. wonder if they have ever thought about investigating themselves for abusing their own people, a few million of whom have fled to our country as a result. Guess that doesn't count hey!

  • Emile - 2012-05-01 19:57

    So I take it \I love you long time\ is not applicable to Zim workers lol

      sanet.oelofse - 2012-05-01 21:40

      Definately not for 10dolla, with no happy ending!

  • Neville - 2012-05-01 20:11


      Nigel - 2012-05-02 07:13

      & Malema supporters say Zim is far ahead of SA, what idiots.

  • Neville - 2012-05-01 20:14

    It would have been ok if Adam and Eve were Chinese they would have eaten the snake instead of the apple

  • Lynda - 2012-05-01 20:33

    Why are we not suprised......they didn't come to Africa to act as benefactors, they came for cheap labour, abundant resources and access to markets....go figure

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-05-01 20:40

    Taste your own medicine! China and human rights are parallel. Ask your neigbours Zambia.

  • tinashe.sondo - 2012-05-01 22:50

    Indians r also underpaying us, they wont allow u 2 use their toilet, isn't that racism.

  • tinashe.sondo - 2012-05-01 22:50

    Indians r also underpaying us, they wont allow u 2 use their toilet, isn't that racism.

  • tinashe.sondo - 2012-05-01 22:50

    Indians r also underpaying us, they wont allow u 2 use their toilet, isn't that racism.

      Nigel - 2012-05-02 07:12

      simple solution, start your own business, besides some black employers are shocking, take Arora for example, they didn't even pay their workers for 2 years.

      Nigel - 2012-05-02 07:53

      what is racism is Malema calling Indians Coolies.

  • Nigel - 2012-05-02 07:09

    hahahaha, & all those Melama & ANC supporters that said they don't need the West, they have China, if you think China is your friend, think again, they pay Zim workers $50 a month, thats R 300 a month, I know I have some working for me, they treat them like dirt & expect them to work like Chinese do in China, they also do not train workers more than they have to, they bring in their own management & make sure that they keep their staff dumb, maybe thats why the ANC likes them so much, they have a lot in common.

  • Master - 2012-05-02 09:05

    What amazes me is that i personal'y do not know anyone who has said they are going to China for a great job opportunity. Me wonders how may Africans work in China. and how may Chinese work in Africa.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-05-02 11:42

    Zimbabwe is learning the hard way that the new Chinese master they threw their lot in with is far worse than the whites they are replacing. Show me an African country where the Chinese haven't been accused of murder and massive human rights violations and I'll show you an African country that does not do business with China.

  • prince.shange - 2012-05-02 15:48

    From hero 2 zero wen Zim business sector waz runid by da whites everything waz ok bt wen govenment decide 2 get rid of da whites accusing dem of various isues dey replace them wth Chinese not knowing thoz ppl will change da country 2 a war zone especially 2 da workers:dey pay workers less wages,beat dem do wat ever dey fill lyk so instead of protecting workers dey only there 2 protect Robert frm da westen

  • trymore.phiri - 2012-05-03 23:35

    The government must seize companies of those who abuse workers.

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