Thursday, 24 May 2012
Workers abused by foreign bosses
The exploitation of workers, particularly in extractive industries, by foreign overseers and bosses is an all-too-common story in African countries. Most of these stories paint the (big, bad, incomprehensible) Chinese as abusing the (poor, helpless) Africans. In this case, Mozambique has thrown a French citizen out of the country for violating trade union laws. Shemir Sokataly fired all union workers and appointed himself to chair the workers' committee. Like many Southern African countries, Mozambique has fairly strong labour protections to ensure that workers cannot be summarily fired or exploited, protects the right to free association and provides for fair and smooth collective bargaining. Sokataly's company made vegetable oil and soap.