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Construction workers has resumed it duty after a two weeks strike following unpaid dues by their employer. The workers are working on the Nkhata bay market construction site with China Gansu Engineering Corporation Limited as it employer.
It was alleged that the workers has not been paid since the project kick-off on July 30 this year. With the foreman stating that they started work without signing any contract regarding their wages.
Quoting foreman Wilton Bakali, “We did not sign any contract with the employer up until the end of the month when he produced the document which had conditions that we did not agree with.”
After requesting for their right, the workers reported the issue to Nkhata Bay Bowa Ward councillor Celia Nyamwera Adamana. He then asked them to lodge their complaint with the District Labour Office for further assistance.
When the district Labour Office was reached, Nkhata Bay district labour officer Lanwell Mkisi blamed both parties for failing to sign a contract agreement prior to work. He further advised that all workers be paid following government minimum wage of K1 346.16 per day
Meanwhile, China Gansu Engineering Cooperation Limited site manager Zhong said the issue was an administrative misunderstanding. That they have agreed to pay each worker K1 346.16 per day.
Source: Nyasa Times