Hwange Colliery accused of treating workers like slaves and paying them in bricks as salaries

ZSE listed company Hwange Colliery Company Limited is reportedly paying its workers in bricks. The company which is struggling financially is giving the workers bricks so that they can raise their salaries by selling the bricks. Most of the permanent workers have now gone for three years without receiving their salaries.

This information was revealed in Parliament by the Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare. The committee urged relevant ministries to take action against the company for this and other abuses of it workers. The company has been accused of mistreating its workers as if they are slaves.

Who presented the committee’s findings said:

We noticed that HCCL has reduced its workers to slaves as they are forced to work under disturbing conditions.

These workers are now being paid in kind and are given bricks so that they sell and get their salaries from the sales

…The workers are also not allowed to go for tea breaks and don’t have protective clothing. Workers are not even given time to go for lunch and would only go for lunch after finishing work.

Deputy Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Engineer Tapiwa Matangaidze bemoaned the deliberate violations of the Labour Act by the company and said that labour inspectors would be launching investigations.

More: Chronicle

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