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Chinese owned mining companies,labour relations & COVID-19 safeguards under the microscope  

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Date(s) - 30/10/2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am

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The Africa Institute for Environmental Law (AIEL) a research arm of the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA), Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and  IndustriALL Global Union will on Thursday the 30th of October 2020 convene a virtual dialogue on Chinese owned mining companies in Zimbabwe, labour relations and compliance to COVID19 safeguards. The dialogue comes against a backdrop of rising cases of labour violations in Chinese owned mining companies in Zimbabwe. The dialogue also seeks to respond to the issue of COVID-19 which has disrupted not only commodity demand and supply chains but also labour relations globally

The meeting also seeks to respond to the issue of COVID-19 which has disrupted not only commodity demand and supply chains but also labour relations globally. The COVID-19 pandemic, has caused unprecedented disruptions to the world of work including Zimbabwe’s mining sector. Through this dialogue,the organisations will  examine whether the COVID-19 has brought new dimensions to the concept of occupational health and safety as measures like remote working cannot be enforced on the sector.

This action-oriented dialogue therefore provides a platform for a nuanced analysis on the regulation and operation of business in Zimbabwe and in this context Chinese owned mining companies with the sole purpose of identifying structural gaps, weaknesses and policy solutions.

The ongoing study by AIEL also reveal that in some of the Chinese owned mining companies, workers are not fully protected from the spread of COVID-19 as they are not being given the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The COVID-19 pandemic, has caused unprecedented disruptions to the world of work including in Zimbabwe’s mining sector. The pandemic has exposed the inequalities that exists at the workplace which are inhibiting the decent work and labour rights agenda as it highlights the vulnerability of mining workers to the safety and health risks that exists at the  work place and inadequacy or otherwise of social protection measures that still prevail in 2020. In the context of Zimbabwe ‘s mining sector, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the rates of death, injury, disease and exposure to risk in the mining sector was already high despite some considerable efforts by governments and mining companies to reduce the same.[1] Through this dialogue, the organisers will also examine whether the COVID-19 has brought new dimensions to the concept of occupational health and safety as measures like remote working cannot be enforced on the sector. Concerns on job and income security are also worth noting, due to the disruptions brought about by the virus lay offs, salary cuts are all a possibility.

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Topic: Virtual Dialogue on Chinese owned mining companies, Labour relations and COVID19 safeguards

Time: Oct 30, 2020 10:00 PM Harare, Pretoria

 

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https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2530476523

Meeting ID: 253 047 6523

[1] https://www.ilo.org/global/industries-and-sectors/mining/lang–en/index.htm

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