The leading supplier of tiles Sunny Yi Feng, a Chinese owned company in Norton, is being accused of killing workers after two of the workers passed away after allegedly suffering injuries from an attack from a superior.
Sunny Yi Feng employs 1 193 locals and is producing 30 000 – 35 000 square metres of quality tiles per day for both the local and export market.
Human Rights Defender cum Politician Linda Tsungirirai Masarira wrote on social media questioning the rationale behind two successive deaths alleged to have been recorded at the tile manufacturing company.
“Two deaths at the same workplace? How?” wrote Masarira on Twitter.
She went on to urge government to set up an investigation into the violations of workers’ rights at the factory while demanding the Chinese to abide by the labour laws of the country.
“MaChina epamatiles atanga zvakare kurova vashandi. Imhosva here kuva mushandi? Mutemo unotichii kana mushandi apara mhosva? (Chinese tile makers have begun beating up workers. Is it a crime to be an employee? What does the law say when an employee commits a crime?)” said Masarira.
Norton Member of Parliament Temba Mliswa confirmed the deaths of the two workers, revealing that the company will conduct an investigation into the matter, with a full report expected to released soon on the unfortunate incident.
“Thanks for this information, I’ve also been briefed on 2 deaths which occurred at the factory. I have spoken with them & we’re conducting a meeting on Friday to try to get to the bottom of this,” replied Mliswa on Twitter.
Meanwhile, another Chinese owned firm, Zimbabwe Zhongxin Coking Company (ZZCC) in Hwange is in the eye of a storm over its refusal to pay its workers in United States dollars.
The company is also being accused of reneging on its promise to pay workers for leave days.
Irate workers said they were concerned over the “arrogant conduct” of their Chinese employer and called on authorities to intervene and rescue them from exploitation.
“We are suffering at the hands of the Chinese in our own country,” said one of the employees who preferred anonymity.
“They are not paying us and in addition do not give us protective masks and clothing. We are given five disposable masks once after 15 days.