40 casual contruction workers in the cold in Mongu District

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A sub-contractor engaged by China GEO to
construct the Drainage system on township roads in Mongu District,
Western Province disappeared after being paid for the work leaving his 40
workers in the cold.

The workers by broadcast time downed tools after learning that their employer only
identified as Mr. Watara had disappeared without paying them.


The aggrieved workers told ZANIS in an interview today that Mr. Watara left
Mongu for Lusaka without informing the workers after being paid by the
main contractor.


Speaking on behalf of his colleagues one of the aggrieved workers Isaac Lubasi said Mr. Watara had promised to pay his workers but disappeared without notice.

Mr. Lubasi disclosed that the contractor only confirmed when reached on phone advising workers to sell the materials on site in order for them to recover their money.


He added later the workers lodged their complaint to the office of the
Permanent Secretary who was however  out of  office on official duty.

Mr. Lubasi has since appealed to Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda to
intervene in the matter so that the law can take its course.