By JAMES KUNDA –
THE Government has cautioned Horse Shoe Restaurant workers in Lusaka against playing ‘double-standards’ on matters pertaining to their conditions of service.
Labour and Social Security Minister Joyce Nonde-Simukoko has also urged the Human Rights Commission (HRC) to avail the Government with its findings on an independent investigation it conducted into the alleged abuse of workers at the restaurant.
Ms Nonde-Simukoko said the workers at the firm were seemingly insincere about their plight despite numerous efforts by the Government to ensure that their welfare was improved.
“Before I met the workers this week, both the labour inspector and commissioner had conducted separate visits to the restaurant and established that the allegations leveled against management were false.
“It is surprising that the same workers who told me that the working environment was conducive are still complaining that their conditions of service are inhumane and Government is negligent,” she said in an interview yesterday.
MsNonde-Simukoko was reacting to reports alleging that she had taken the side of Horse Shoe management over that of the workers as working conditions were still inhumane.
Management at the restaurant allegedly pays workers meagre salaries and purportedly uses unpalatable language on the employees.
MsNonde-Simukoko said the HRC could engage the ministry over its findings into the perceived plight of the workers at the restaurant.
“We would really appreciate if HRC helped us with those findings so that we act but if the workers are being insincere, that is at their own peril because they could lose jobs if we close down that place,” she warned.