Lafarge has denied reports that workers at its Ndola plant are subjected to intimidation, harassment and physical abuse
Written by cornelius kabwe on April 30, 2018
Lafarge has denied reports that workers at its Ndola plant are subjected to intimidation, harassment and physical abuse by a Plant Manager of Indian origin.
Reports have emerged that Mr. Samba Katari, the newly appointed Plant Manager at Lafarge Ndola has created a hostile working environment by firing a number of Zambian workers and forcing some to resign out of frustration.
It is further alleged that Mr. Katari has cancelled all supplier contracts owned by Zambians and replaced them with that of Indian businesses.
Further allegations are that the Plant Manager also terminated the contract of the mineral water supplier and replaced it with a new and unknown brand called Sky drop water which is said to be untreated tap water.
The source added that Mr. Katari has worsened the conditions for the two remaining contractors offering engineering services to the plant saying contractor employees are now receiving about K400 to K700 as monthly salaries.
The source also alleged that Mr. Katari is busy bragging that the government cannot do anything to him because of the Easter Lungu Lafarge Foundation which he claims has connected him to top government officials.
Meanwhile Lafarge Zambia Communications and Corporate Affairs Manager Glenda Masebe-Kamalata denied the allegations.
Mrs. Kamalata says preliminary investigations were conducted to verify the allegations but did not find any evidence to support such allegations.
She said Lafarge takes this kind of allegations seriously and the company has a strong commitment to human rights and integrity.