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China clashes with Zimbabwean unions over ‘systematic abuse’

China clashes with Zimbabwean unions over ‘systematic abuse’

AFRICA, China, CRIME, CRISIS, WORKERS, ZIMBABWE
Summary Unions said Sunny Yi Feng workers were being given salaries that were below the minimum wage and were forced to stay in overcrowded accommodation where they were exposed to dangerous chemicals.They claimed some workers had even died at the factory and their deaths were concealed by the Chinese. Chinese diplomats are embroiled in a vicious war of words with Zimbabwe’s labour unions over allegations that businesspeople from the Asian country are abusing their local employees. Over the years, China has seen its influence on the Zimbabwean economy grow with investments in mining and construction projects, but the companies are routinely accused of ill-treating their workers. Unions say the Zimbabwean government often looks the other way when they report Chinese em...
Bangladesh police arrest factory owner after dozens die in fire

Bangladesh police arrest factory owner after dozens die in fire

ACCIDENT, Asia, BANGLADESH, INTERNATIONAL, WORKERS
Police chief says entrance was padlocked; separate inquiry looks into use of child labour at food plant Fire services took about 18 hours to control a blaze at a five-storey food factory near Dhaka. Photograph: Istiak Karim/NurPhoto/Rex/Shutterstock Bangladeshi police have arrested the owner of a factory where at least 52 people died in an inferno, as it emerged that children as young as 11 had been working there. Police said the owner of the food factory and four of his sons were among eight people detained over the fire that broke out on Thursday and raged for more than a day. The blaze began in the evening at the five-storey Hashem Foods factory in Rupganj, just outside Dhaka. A separate inquiry has been launched into the use of child labour at the facility. Jayedul Alam...
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