Zambian strikers kill Chinese supervisor with trolley

13 August 2012 | 15:18 Code : 21308 Geoscience events
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FT.com reports a Chinese supervisor died on Saturday after being hit by a trolley pushed....

FT.com reports  a Chinese supervisor died on Saturday after being hit by a trolley pushed at him at the Collum mine in Zambia during a dispute over minimum wages.   Police reports say another Chinese national was hospitalized after the incident.Two years ago Chinese supervisors wounded 13 local workers with shotguns in another pay dispute at the coal mine. Chinese investment in Zambia has long been an issue in the African nation.There is mounting pressure on president Michael Sata who took office on the promise of improving mining conditions and a bigger share of mining profits for Zambians following protests at Chinese-owned copper mines and a brief ban on metal exports to sort out revenue collection in Africa’s top copper producer.Sata at times also employed fierce anti-Chinese rhetoric while in opposition and his first meeting since taking office last year was with the Chinese ambassador to dispel fears over shifts in investment policy.Chinese-run copper mines in Zambia are routinely mistreating workers and breaking the law by imposing up to 18-hour shifts and flouting international health and safety standards, according to a Human Rights Watch November 2011 report, "’You’ll Be Fired if You Refuse’: Labor Abuses in Zambia’s Chinese State-owned Copper Mines".

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