By JULIUS PHIRI –
THE Civil Society For Poverty Reduction (CSPR) in Eastern Province has urged the Government to save 261 job losses at Cargill Chipata Ginnery.
CSPR provincial coordinator Maxson Nkhoma said in a statement that it was devastating to learn that the sale of Cargill ginnery to Parrogate Limited had resulted in mass job losses for the people of Chipata district.
He said CSPR had been following events surrounding the sale of Cargill to Parrogate with keen interest and was disappointed at the lack of interest in the matter from the Government.
“We are shocked to observe that Government has paid a blind eye to what is happening at Cargill regarding mass job losses,” he said.
Mr Nkhoma claimed that according to the his organisation’s investigations Parrogate had engaged expatriate labour in the human resources department who were conducting interviews to selected employees whom the company to retain.
He called on the Provincial Minister to take interest in what is happening at Cargill and help to protect Zambians from losing their jobs.
“It’s surprising to see Government not attaching the same level of interest to workers losing jobs in the agriculturalas it does when this sort of thing happens in the mining industry on the Copperbelt,” he said