Chinese employer bashes employees for demanding last year’s dues

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A Zimbabwean based Chinese employer at the Fools Investment Mine in Hope Fountain Zhong Yi Zhang has assaulted two mine workers after they demanded payment of their outstanding wages.

Zhang allegedly owes workers’ wages backdating to July last year and some of the affected workers, who spoke to Southern Eye requested to be unknownmous as they feared victimisation.

They alleged that Yi Zhang is abusing them.

“These guys are just beating people; yesterday (Saturday) he (Yi Zhang) assaulted two workers.

“We made a police report at Waterford in Bulawayo, and the Chinese rushed to Hillside Police Station in a bid to block any legal action against them,” one of the mine workers said.

“Two people were assaulted, after several workers gathered to demand their salaries which are outstanding from July last year.

“The workers were asking for a written agreement on how they will recover their outstanding money. Those who were assaulted are Constan Masa and Tatenda Mangena,” he said.

As a result of beatings, Mangena is said to have sustained injuries on the arm, while Masa was injured on his private parts.

They alleged that Yi Zhang is abusing them.

“These guys are just beating people, Yi Zhang assaulted two workers.

“We made a police report at Waterford in Bulawayo, and the Chinese rushed to Hillside Police Station in a bid to block any legal action against them,” one of the mine workers said.

“Two people were assaulted, after several workers gathered to demand their salaries which are outstanding from July last year.

“The workers were asking for a written agreement on how they will recover their outstanding money. Those who were assaulted are Constan Masa and Tatenda Mangena,” he said.
As a result of beatings, Mangena is said to have sustained injuries on the arm, while Masa was injured on his private parts.

National Union of Mines Quarrying, Iron and Steel Workers of Zimbabwe regional officer Abraham Kavalanjila confirmed the incident.

“We condemn this barbaric act by these employers. The law has to take its course. No one is above the law. We will not allow such behaviour targeted at workers. There must be no racial discrimination, the Labour Act is clear.

“As a union we will work 24 hours a day and seven days a week until this matter is resolved in terms of the law,” Kavalanjila said.

Zhang’s spokesperson Han Le’s phone was not reachable.

Source: Bulawayo 24



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