Zambian mine death puts China relations in spotlight

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    This indicates how China exploits the Africans and yet pretends that they are doing it only for the good of Africans.

    Hypocrite and criminals.
     
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    Of course they should not have killed the Chinese supervisor.

    Why take it out on this Chinese employee when the greed is of the Chinese who run the company and encouraged by the Chinese greedy Govt.

    It just shows the reality of China who pretend to be friends but sucks every drop of blood and treat every other people as untermenchen!
     
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    the news suggests that Statutory minimum wage in Zambia is 320USD/per month.....

    however,according to worldbank(tp://data.worldbank.org/country/zambia ),Zambia's GNI is only 1160USD......so, the ratio of Statutory minimum wage/GNI=320*12/1160=331%

    does anyone know the meaning?

    BTW,
    in a normal country, such a ratio usually is less than 50%

    for example,
    Hongkongese Statutory minimum wage is 1040USD(8000HKD)/per month, its GNI is 35160USD, the ratio =1040*12/35160=35%



    such a crazy law is why industry activity can not prospers in the country and why the country is the most undeveloped economy.
     
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    Where has it stated this?

    Or have I missed this?

    It has said:

     
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    Zambia: Workers Detail Abuse in Chinese-Owned Mines

    Workers safety in mines and the right to unionise is the right of any worker in a democratic country. Flouting laws is feasible when there is collusion between the Chinese companies and the Govt.

    The working conditions exacted by the Chinese companies as per this Report does indicate excessive and unacceptable exploitation of workers. It is obvious that the workers will rebel against such inhuman exploitation.

    However, one has to note is the same conditions are applicable in China so that one understands the Chinese labour and employment norms.

    Maybe in China, these conditions that they apply to Zambian workers are the same they apply to Chinese workers in China.

    Even if they do apply the same conditions, it still is not acceptable by international standards, be it in China or Zambia.

    There is no doubt that if there are cordial relations, China and Zambia will still reap a rich harvest. Therefore, it is essential that the Chinese companies comply with the law so that the relations between the two countries do not sour.

    Though the present Head of the Zambian Govt is very critical of the Chinese exploitation of Zambian workers, he has been unable to enforce the application of Zambian labour laws. One does not know his compulsions. Maybe the Chinese advancing a huge aid to Zambia has made him change his mind.

    This surely is not acceptable under any conditions.

    This is an damning commentary of the conditions.

    Union activity is a natural right of workers in democratic counties and it cannot be curtailed, even if such activities are not allowed in China. Any steps preventing the same are against the fundamental rights to form trade unions and are quite unacceptable.

    However, one just cannot blame the Chinese alone. If the Zambian govt does not enforce their laws and allows foreign companies to exploit the Zambian workers, why should foreign companies not take advantage of this laxity?

    Because of unemployment, it is easy for foreign industries to exploit the locals. However, there has to be some parity in pay amongst the foreign companies that run the copper mines.

    Extracts from Zambia: Workers Detail Abuse in Chinese-Owned Mines | Human Rights Watch

    It all actually is the fault of the Govt of Zambia and the Chinese are merely exploiting this weakness. Notwithstanding, it is seriously affecting the image of China since it is a reflection of the condition of work laws in China and the exploitation that must also be similar in China.

    If the work ethics were different in China, then the Chinese companies would not be treating the Zambians in such a poor way wherein the prestige of China is spoilt and the relationship ruined.
     
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    Hostility is such in some quarters that the Chinese president, Hu Jintao, on an eight-country tour of Africa to promote Beijing's trade relationship with the continent, cancelled plans to launch a $200m smelter at a Chinese-owned Zambian copper mine last weekend because of miners' anger at working conditions. He also faced protests from the sacked Mulungushi factory workers.

    Mr Hu rejected accusations that China was exploiting Zambian labour and resources. "China is happy to have Zambia as a good friend, good partner and a good brother," he said.

    Chinese influx revives colonial fears | Guardian Weekly | guardian.co.uk
     
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    1 willing to do business then sign the deal and do it accordingly and not complain too much....if not willing to then dont sign it coz no 1 can be forced to do legal business i asume.....

    2 if chinese boss here is not paying enough money for his zambian staff then staff should sue him according to contracts or local law and the chinese boss should be punished...otherwise its zambian staffs own problem....

    3 even its chinese boss's bad not paying enough money zambian staff had no rights to kill him...its very simple....and justice should be bought to all who were involved in the murder case.

    4 chinese should do business overseas and on the other hand be careful of issuses like local custom...envirmental issue etc even its not under law or any contract.....this is important in the long run.....

    5 when the us and the uk can largely protect their citizens who r doing business overseas what r chinese gov doing?basically nothing.....thats the key point.....the corrupt gov can buy some expensive new sedans but they just wont invest enough in military buildups to fully protect the life of our citizens and our national interests.....nothing can be more sad than that and consequences can now be surely and vividly observed.....
     

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