Zambia: ZCON workers riot

General workers engaged by Lusaka’s ZCON construction today fought running battles with Zambia Police officers during a riot sparked by the company’s alleged reluctance to offer them job contracts.

The workers are engaged to do construction works at the Levy junction, near government printers.

The irate workers complained that they have been working for over a year without signing job contracts.

The workers who sung solidarity songs flashed placards with messages denouncing ZCON management.

They accused their Corporate Affairs Manager Emmanuel Chilekwa of employing his relatives whom he has allegedly given job contracts.

But Mr. Chilekwa dismissed the accusations as false and malicious.

He said ZCON Management is discussing with South African based officials on the best way to improve the workers conditions of service.

Mr. Chilekwa appealed to the general workers to maintain calm while their plight is being addressed.

Police had to fire tear gas canisters to disperse the irate workers who scampered for safety.

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