CHINESE MINING COMPANY FIRES FOUR EMPLOYEE DRIVERS FOR COMPLYING WITH VID.

Written by on July 4, 2019

Four Truck drivers employed by a Chinese Chrome company operating in Shurugwi say they are victims of unfair labor practices after being fired by the Chinese investor accusing them of complying with Vehicle Inspection Department (VID) officials who stopped the convoy for inspection along Gweru-Shurugwi  highway.

One of the drivers, who did not disclose his name told our news editor Belinda Sibanda that they were stopped by the VID officials who penalized the mining company for overloading the trucks therefore denying them to proceed before the matter was cleared.

He said this did not go well with the mine authority who responded by firing all of the four drivers.

The company authority, Pai Pengfei however dismissed allegations saying it was a minor misunderstanding between them and  the four employees, saying they have resolved the matter and they have allowed them to resume work next week.

The drivers however claimed that there was dishonest in the statement by Pai Pengfer saying there are fears of loosing their jobs as they are suspended until their monthly contracts have been nullified.

Chinese mining companies have been singled out among others with unfair labor practices including denying employees working contracts, paying employee below the required National Employment Council standards with extended working hours as well as failure to provide adequate safety clothing and equipment for employees.

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Traditional leaders have urged rural school heads to follow legal procedures when dealing with issues of school children whose fees has not been paid.

Speaking to Great Dyke News, Chief Masunda said school authorities should consider the plight of innocent children  whom they deny learning opportunities after walking long distances to get education like other children.

Chief Masunda pleaded with authorities from Sasula, Walezi and Makovere primary schools not to transfer parent’s responsibility to children saying the future for those children is likely to be bleak due to the development.

In a telephone interview with Great Dyke News, Zvishavane District Schools Inspector, Trynos Mahlokozera reiterated that it is illegal for school heads to send away children with arrears.

There have been several reports that school heads in some schools across the great dyke are sending pupils away arguing that it is the only way they can attract parents’ attention to pay school arrears as they remain reluctant  a development that affects quality of education  as schools remain incapacitated to purchase adequate required  learning resources.

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7000 cattle in Shurugwi have been branded as authorities move to curb stock theft and illegal cattle movement in the country. Officials from the Agriculture extensions services department AGRITEX continue to urge farmers in areas around the Great Dyke to brand their cattle for improved  identification.

Statistics from a Beef Association in Masvingo revealed that more than 300 cattle had been lost to cattle rustlers in the first five months of 2019.

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