The Chinese-owned tile-manufacturing company, Sunny Yi Feng Tiles (Zimbabwe) Pvt Ltd, has accused the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) of carrying out a mudslinging campaign against its operations based on information provided by “uninformed” sources.
This comes after ZCTU recently condemned the “inhumane” treatment of workers at the Norton-based firm after a collapsed employee was transported by a forklift.
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ZCTU posted on social media expressing concern and calling upon the Zimbabwean citizenry to resist such treatment even if t was being done on another citizen.
But in a statement last week, Sunny Yi Feng Tiles Public Relations Officer Abel Mukumba chided the labour union for its alleged “inciting ideas of disgruntlement”. The statement read:
Sunny Yi Feng Tiles (Zimbabwe) Pvt Ltd wishes to advise our valued stakeholders and the public on the distortion of its image by ZCTU.
In a way, their publications carry single stories from uninformed sources, who rather than being constructive are more destructive to the image of our company.
From the onset, its reports and actions have been influenced by actions of conspiracy as a result of revenge distortion. We feel our brand’s image is subject to abuse by these uninformed sources.
It’s indeed an act of injustice to turn an opinion of our organization into a fact and make that a conclusion.
At first, we welcomed ZCTU as an organization that had constructive ideas of compliance to the Zimbabwe Labor Act but later on their actions turned more of inciting ideas of disgruntlement.
We value peace and stability in the community and we are dedicated to the continuous development of the economy of Zimbabwe through full compliance. As we speak, we are affiliated with NEC for Ceramics, which governs our operations.
It should be noted that “imposing” community organizations in another organization without mutual agreement to pursue hidden agendas is an act of corporate bullying.
We are open to getting advice from all our stakeholders with ideas of mutual benefit and development.
Noting the disrespectful nature of ZCTU on issues on labour relations, we encourage it to approach the National Employment Council for Ceramics, which we are affiliated with on all matters to do with compliance to the Labour Act of Zimbabwe and all our local authorities including the local police.
Sunny Yi Feng Tiles (Zimbabwe) Pvt Ltd however remains the biggest Ceramic/Porcelain manufacturing industry in Southern Africa and will always be committed to giving the best quality services to its various stakeholders.