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Liberia: Workers at China Union mine allege beatings, "slave-like" treatment by management; includes company response

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20 November 2013

Response by China Union Investment: Workers at China Union/WISCO mine allege beatings, "slave-like" treatment by management.

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Company response
20 November 2013

Response by WISCO (Wuhan Iron & Steel): Liberia: Workers at China Union/WISCO mine allege beatings, "slave-like" treatment by management.

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Author: 武钢中非(香港)矿业有限公司

...我们积极履行社会责任,注重和当地社区...大量聘请利比里亚员工,提高地区就业率...并全部组织了专业技能培训。我们的劳工政策完全遵守利比里亚劳动法,利籍员工的薪酬水平明显高于利比里亚平均工资水平...全面接管了邦矿医院...并为利籍员工和家属提供免费医疗...两篇对我公司的报道不实,没有真实反映邦矿实际情况。对于两家利比里亚网站中提到中国员工把利籍员工当做奴隶,甚至打死利籍员工,修建厕所在当地饮水源旁等歪曲、捏造事实,恶意诽谤我公司的行为,我们正在采取有效手段,依据利比里亚法律向其追究责任。我们也欢迎各界媒体到邦矿项目实地参观,监督我们的各项工作。同时我们也呼吁有关媒体用事实说话,对邦矿项目进行客观评价和宣传。

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Author: 武鋼中非(香港)礦業有限公司

...我們積極履行社會責任,注重和當地社區...大量聘請利比里亞員工,提高地區就業率...並全部組織了專業技能培訓。我們的勞工政策完全遵守利比里亞勞動法,利籍員工的薪酬水平明顯高於利比里亞平均工資水平...全面接管了邦礦醫院...並為利籍員工和家屬提供免費醫療...兩篇對我公司的報導不實,沒有真實反映邦礦實際情況。對於兩家利比里亞網站中提到中國員工把利籍員工當做奴隸,甚至打死利籍員工,修建廁所在當地飲水源旁等歪曲、捏造事實,惡意誹謗我公司的行為,我們正在採取有效手段,依據利比里亞法律向其追究責任。我們也歡迎各界媒體到邦礦項目實地參觀,監督我們的各項工作。同時我們也呼籲有關媒體用事實說話,對邦礦項目進行客觀評價和宣傳。

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Article
8 October 2013

China Union Employees Claim Modern Slavery [Liberia]

Author: New Dawn (Liberia)

[Business & Human Rights invited China Union to respond. Response provided.] Several workers of China Union have described the current work condition at the former Bong Mines concession site as a complete modern slavery…Dozens of aggrieved workers…said, the Government made a mistake by signing the concession agreement with China Union. “Look, in China, there is no company known as China Union. They have WISCO. Our lawmakers should have done due diligence before granting this concession to the Chinese. They are treating us like slaves on a daily basis." " We do not rest at all when we are working. We do not have medical benefits, but the Chinese working here do. They treat us like slaves and they treat the Chinese like Kings over us. We cannot be slaves in our own country”, Augustine Peterson said. They accused the company of reneging on its social agreement, especially road construction and renovation of the old Bong Town, among others…

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8 October 2013

China Union: "New Slavery Camp" [Liberia]

Author: New Republic (Liberia)

[Business & Human Rights invited China Union to respond. Response provided.] China Union [part of WISCO]...has been described by some of its workers as a new slavery camp in Liberia...[One] of the workers [said] “We work without resting. We are beaten with iron...When they speak Chinese to us, they expect us to understand; when we reply...they sack us...[I]f the Government does not address...[this], China Union will find it very difficult to operate...Another worker said: “...I am paid US90.00 for the month and given L$45.00(Liberian dollars) as lunch a day. We drink from dirty water that the Chinese do not even drink from. They have their toilets next to it,”...[T]he hospital...is only by name and there...[are] no drugs to treat patients...

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