Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Zambian workers strike over lack of pension scheme - maybe

Sometimes media reports frustrate me. This Reuters report suggested that 1400 Zambian employees of retailer Shoprite are striking because they don't have a pension scheme. This is shocking for large employer, particularly a company based in South Africa, where worker protection is such a key issue.

Except that the All Africa report (from the Times of Zambia) says that what they're actually striking about is that the employer hasn't paid out/resolved previous service benefits scheme before implementing a new pension programme. Also casualisation. And the government is stepping in to try and resolve the situation.

Small variations in news stories are probably inevitable - different sources, different times - but this isn't small. These two stories give conflicting information. Who should the public trust to cover stories they can't see for themselves?

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