Labour Committee slams KaMAZ Construction & others
June 29, 2015 By Jariatu S. Bangura
The Parliamentary Committee on Labour and Industrial Relations has, during its public hearing last Thursday, slammed senior officials of KaMAZ Construction Company, Motor Care Limited and Hughes Security Company for “presenting illegal documents” to the committee.
The committee members also accused the entities of employing foreign workers without the correct working permits, noting that the development impedes their work.
When members of the committee asked KaMAZ officials to provide them with documents showing the conditions of service of their workers, including permanent and casual workers, Managing Director, Rabid Zayat, responded that they do not have a condition of service agreement.
“We do have a ‘gazetted document’ which we use to pay our workers,” he said. “I am pleading for time to be able to present to you such documents. We are not aware of any policy on how causal workers are to be employed by any company or factory.”
He stated that they have been paying NASSIT contributions for their staff even though they have been facing difficulties with some of their workers as they refuse to fill in the forms provided.
“I have reported to the NASSIT authorities the workers that have refused to fill in their forms, and I was later told that they have suspended their accounts,” he told the committee.
Although the committee stood down the Managing Director to go and come with the ‘gazetted document’, Mr. Zayat and his officials, on their return, failed to submit the document but rather presented a document which was prepared by a group of construction companies as a guide to workers payment of salaries.
Also, the employees’ list from Motor Care showed two foreign workers – Elavarasan Sundaran and Smith Umweni – who have been working in the country for over two years without having any work and residential permits. The officials only submitted newly approved permits for 2015.
Responding, the company’s consultant, Jabez Wright, said they did apply for work permits on behalf of the two workers to the Ministry of Labour on 13 June 2013.
However, chairman of the committee, Hon. Dauda Kallon, in his response, noted: “We acknowledge the effort of your institution in creating employment for our young people but that does not give you the right to abuse or cheat them. You should use the guided laws of our country.”
Officials of the three companies were stood down for further hearing on a date to be communicated to them.