Workers at the Solai based Chinese International Henan and Corporation Company Ltd that is tasked with the construction of the 65 km Maili Kumi-Subukia Road on Monday went on a go-slow citing mistreatment from their employer.
The 13 workers assigned as drivers to various tipper vehicles in the construction company claimed the management of the Chinese construction company has been oppressing them with harsh working conditions.
According to the workers, some of the issues of concern include claims of misuse of vehicles, fuel siphoning, receiving warning letters without any mistake committed, and working overtime as well as deductions in their pay.
“We are being mistreated by the employer through the harsh working conditions and it is high time our matter be addressed” said one of the workers.
They claimed the contractor had also introduced new laws that they were not conversant with.
The workers who paralyzed the activities of the company for the better part of Monday had vowed not to report to work until the matter is solved.
However, the intervention of the area MCA Dr.Peter Mbae bore fruits as he engaged the Solai based Chinese International Henan and Corporation Company Ltd management on the same.
Addressing media in Solai, Dr.Mbae admitted that the impasse between the Chinese contractor and the workers had been there for am period of time and that as leaders they had been calling on the Chinese to intervene and ensure smooth working.
The MCA noted that labor laws should not be for the sake of oppressing the workers at any given time.
“The impasse between the Chinese contractor and the workers had been there for am period of time and that as leaders we calling on the Chinese to intervene and ensure smooth working” said Dr.Mbae.
However, when Media visited the company, the administration refuted claims of mistreating the workers.
One of the company administrators a Mr. Vincent Hsu stated that they have been adhering to the labor laws as far as the welfare of the workers is concerned.
He however admitted that he had warned the workers of misconduct that they risk losing their job.While citing incidents where 8 jericans of siphoned fuel from the vehicles was found, the irate administrator said such cannot be tolerated.
He also claimed that workers were reporting to work late and therefore as a company they decided to deduct their pay.
“Just the other day we found 8 jericans of siphoned fuel from the vehicles and that is a mess to the company which we will not tolerate” he said.
However, after 2 hours of consultations between the area MCA, the administrators and the workers, they came to a conclusion that the warning letters that had been given to the workers be revoked.
The meeting also saw the parties agree that there will be no victimization of the workers and that the issue of fuel consumption will be looked into.
Dr.Mbae also advised the workers to ensure unity in addressing their grievances.He warned workers against misconduct calling on them to ensure they report anyone found siphoning fuel from vehicles.T
his is not the first time for such claims of mistreatment of workers from Chinese companies.
The Solai based Chinese International Henan and Corporation Company Ltd was tasked with the construction of the 65 km Maili Kumi-Subukia Road at a cost of 3 billion shillings.
PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Ongoing construction work of the 65 km Maili Kumi-Subukia Road in solai.