The Mozambican Labour Ministry is investigating a Chinese owned recycling company in Maputo, particularly the “deplorable conditions” imposed on the 15 Mozambicans working there, according to a Ministry press release.
The Lantim Group recycles garbage and plastic materials, and appears to be operating illegally in that, when a brigade from the General Inspectorate of Labour (IGT) visited the company on 26 May, the management was unable to present any document showing a contractual relationship between the company and its work force.
There was no list of the workers employed, no schedule containing the working hours of the employees and no written work contracts.
The brigade also found that, despite the health hazards involved in recycling waste, the company did not provide its workers with any protective clothing - there were no gloves, boots, face masks or anything else to protect the workers.
Given these “inhuman conditions” and the gross violations of Mozambican labour legislation, the IGT suspended the activities of the Lantim Group in order the safeguard the health and lives of its workers.
Restarting activities will depend on correcting all the irregularities detected, which will be verified by a further inspection visit.
The release recalls that the Ministry has repeatedly called on employers and workers alike to respect the country's labour legislation, and particularly to ensure health and safety at work.
It points out that it is in the interest of employers to protect their workers' health, since this will reduce absenteeism, and a healthy workforce will be more productive than one suffering from work accidents and occupational illnesses.
Source: All Africa