Malawi rights commission probe foreign companies over labour malpractices

Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has launched investigations into alleged labour malpractices against local employees by foreign companies with the aim of documenting the violations and also fostering greater compliance with respect to human rights among others.

Nungu: MHRC launches the investigations

Addressing the media in Lilongwe on Friday, MHRC Commissioner, David Nungu said the commission has received at least 92 complaints against several foreign corporations relating to wage discrepancies and other forms of abuses.

“We have received reports that some foreign corporations engaged in manufacturing and construction among others pay more to some foreign experts who in practice do the same work as their Malawian counterparts.

“There have also been complaints in relation to Malawians being forced to work long hours without the corresponding wages and in other circumstances some employees are paid less than the stipulated minimum wage which stands at K35, 000 according to the 2019 to 2020 budget,” said Nungu.

Nungu added that there are also reports that even some foreign labourers have been given work permits to work in Malawi which raises the question of whether such permits are in line with the dictates of Malawian labour laws.

The commissioner then asked employees of foreign companies doing businesses in Malawi to come forward if they experience or have ever received such abuses.

Nungu further said that the commission will be conducting face to face interviews and public hearing with the affected employees among others as one way of gathering information which will lead to a publication of a labour justice audit report with recommendations for action by relevant authorities.

In 2018, Malawi Congress of Trade Unions Secretary General, Denis Kalekeni asked President Mutharika to use his powers to deport a Chinese national who beat up his Malawian employee in Kasungu and the employer was subsequently arrested.

In 2014 it was reported in the media that some Chinese supervisors at the then still under construction Bingu National Stadium were physically abusing Malawian employees at the site, though the site manager at the time a Mr. Chen dismissed the abuse claims.

Section 129 of the Republic of Malawi constitution empowers MHRC to investigate any human rights violations.

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Igwe
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Igwe

This is very true most foreigners are abusing Malawians in many ways, including being cooked with hot tea, for ladies being raped, sexually abused, beating up the employees and the first or mostly are Indians, There is Salima Sugar Company with 40% Government shares but Indians abuse the local people like its 100% shares from Hindus, The mother fukers do not respect any Malawians including the President they call us all sorts of names. Why because the top management of this company has managed to bribe some top politicians, they do not pay taxes, neither are their employees on Pension… Read more »

Kapado Chimulirenji
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Don’t waste time to go to the companies. It obvious that it is Chinese and Indians that are involved in human rights abuse. Just zero in on them.

Justice Usiwa
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Justice Usiwa

Chinese are worse,From labourers, skilled workers up to contracts.