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Zimbabwe probes worker abuse by Chinese firms

Zimbabwe probes worker abuse by Chinese firms

Zimbabwe's labor minister says the government is investigating persistent reports of rampant abuse of workers by Chinese employers.
Labor Minister Paurina Mupariwa said at Workers' Day celebrations Tuesday a team of investigators has started visiting Chinese construction and mining companies to compile details of alleged abuses.
Labor 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 program that envisions seizure of 51 percent of foreign-owned firms, excluding Chinese.


Updated : 2021-02-26 23:53 GMT+08:00