MONGU – KALABO ROAD WORKERS DOWN TOOLS

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Alexander Chikwanda (right) and former Western Province Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Mwamba inspecting works on the Mongu- Kalabo Road bridge. On the left is Patriotic Front provincial Chairman Kenneth Namutulo
Alexander Chikwanda (right) and former Western Province Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Mwamba inspecting works on the Mongu- Kalabo Road bridge. On the left is Patriotic Front provincial Chairman Kenneth Namutulo

Over 100 AVIC International workers engaged on the much progressed construction of the K1.25billion worth Mongu-Kalabo road project have downed tools demanding payment of their 30% housing allowance.

Group representative Sipalo Kanjengo explained in Mongu, that the company had failed to honor the agreement of paying them their allowance.
 The aggrieved workers complained that the road construction company has failed them and they vowed not go back to work until they are given their demands.
 AND Mongu District Commissioner Maurice Litula said he was tired with the behavior of the Chinese company because it keeps on changing its promise on paper regarding how to handle workers.
 Mr Litula says in several occasions he has warned the AVIC International management on adhering to the country’s labor laws when dealing with workers but it always seems to be craft on its operation.
Efforts to get a comment from the AVIC International Management failed by press time
This development comes three weeks after Labor and Social Security Deputy Minister Rayford Mbulu described as pathetic conditions under which the aggrieved workers were working.
Mr. Mbulu who visited the construction site last month said government will not support a situation where employers are not taking the plight of workers as a priority disclosing that over 300 workers were using one pit latrine toilet which he said is in a deplorable state.
The Deputy Minister further said that a 15 days ultimatum was given to AVIC International limited for them to build flushable toilets for the worker as well as rectify all grievances the company had with its workers.
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