Construction Companies Ill-Treat Workers -Claim


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With a lot of construction work going on in Maun, construction companies are said to be ill-treating their employees by subjecting them to poor working conditions.

This was revealed by Kgosi Babinang Majatsie during a consultative kgotla meeting addressed by Maun West Member of Parliament, Dumelang Saleshando recently.

Majatsie said they have received many complaints from construction workers who mostly complain about not being provided with Person Protective Equipment (PPE). According to him, the employees highlighted that they sometimes go to work without protective shoes in unsafe environments.

The workers reportedly lamented that even when they get injured on duty, they are not given days off to go and seek medical attention. Majatsie said the employees instead are threatened that their salaries will be deducted should they leave work to seek medical attention.

Majatsie added that others complained about odd working hours which are unsafe especially for women who can end up getting raped on their way to work. The chief has since pleaded with Saleshando to visit some of the construction sites and observe how things are done with an aim to address the issues.

In response, the Member of Parliament for Maun West Honorable Dumelang Saleshando said he is actually aware of the ill-treatment at some of the construction sites. The MP said he has encouraged the workers to keep reporting such issues at the Labour office.

Saleshando said he can only engage with the Labour office on such issues after they have been reported by the workers to check how far the office is doing in addressing them.

Meanwhile Saleshando has encouraged members of the public to go in numbers and get tested and screened for various diseases and conditions at their medical outreach to be at the Life Center in Sedie Ward tomorrow Saturday 28th.

He said they have invited around 25 medical doctors from both government and private hospitals to come and provide screening and testing services to Maun villagers. Testing and screening will be for hypertension, different kinds of cancers, visual conditions, mental conditions and conditions of one’s kidneys, liver, and dental health.

The Member of Parliament said the idea is to conduct the same medical outreach next year however that will only depend on the number of people who would have attended this year.


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