- Published on Monday, 09 July 2012 18:42
- Written by PETI SIYAME in Sumbawanga
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CHINESE contractors building Sumbawanga - Matai – Kasanga Port Road are embroiled in dispute with their labourers over delayed payments.
China Railway 15 Bureau Group Corporation which is camped at Matai town in Kalambo District, Rukwa region, however, deny the allegations that the payments have been delayed.
The Group‘s Business Manager, Mr Joe Zhou, castigated labourers for engaging in strike without any reasonable cause. The company along has been contracted to upgrade the Sumbawanga - Matai – Kasanga Port road (112km) to tarmac level at the cost of over 133.28bn/-.
Mr Zhou told the ‘ Daily News” that the strike was unnecessary and illegal as it was carried out by a few workers who threatened and coerced their colleagues to join the bandwagon.
Mr Zhou urged the locals to work with the company, saying the road project has created job opportunities for hundreds of people and boosted the economy of the area.
“We have been employing students on vacation on temporary basis to help them earn an income , so many college students are employed here where they work for us,” he said.
“In addition to that we have assigned a special Chinese medical practitioner to treat our local workers when they get injured at the site,” he added .
Last week workers from China Railway 15 Bureau Corporation told the 'Daily News' that the Chinese were underpaying them.According to them, a local mechanic was being paid 10,000'- a day , instead of the agreed amount of 12,000/-, while casual labourers were receiving 3,500/- a day instead of 5,000/- that was agreed .
“Our bosses have refused to increase payment despite consistent demands from us,” said one of them on condition of anonymity.