Federation of Employers speaks out on Chinese gunmen

The Zambia Federation of Employers ZFE says it is disgraceful to see investors mistreating local workers who fight for their right.
Commenting on the shooting of 11 miners by Chinese nationals at Collum Coal Mine in Sinazongwe district , ZFE president George Chabwera says it is sad that such incidences have continued to happen despite the country celebrating its 46 years of independence.

Speaking in a telephone interview with Q fm, Dr. Chabwera says the Zambia Development Agency ZDA should direct all investors in the country to engage themselves with the Zambia Federation of Employers to run them through workers Industrial and Labour laws.

Dr. Chabwera says it is unfortunate that the Chinese nationals resorted to shooting as a way of solving problems instead of engaging in proper dialogue with the workers.

Eleven miners including one onlooker were on Friday, 15th October 2010, shot and seriously wounded by Chinese nationals at the Collum Coal Mine in Sinazongwe district in Southern Province, as they were presenting their grievances of poor working conditions to Chinese management at shaft two.

Police have since arrested the two Chinese nationals who shot the miners.

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