Workers at a Harare-based Chinese-run glass factory have accused their employer, Guo Qing Feng, of locking them up and forcing them to work overtime for $1 per hour at the company warehouse in Southerton.
The company, located in Bay 4 at 32 Simon Mazorodze Road, Southerton, operates as Jinghua Investments.
The workers also claimed their company deducted monthly contributions to the National Social Security Authority although the firm was not on the authority’s database.
But Feng denied the allegations, and accused the employees of stealing his property and leaking false information to the Press to tarnish his image.
“Those people telling you those things stole from us and we reported them to police,” Feng said.
“I have to verify with the accountant if workers are getting $1 per hour. We get projects for glass value addition from China, whose equipment is on its way.”
He denied charges of detaining workers at his warehouse and forcing them to work overtime.
He also refuted allegations that his company was smuggling glass from China.
A former employee, Leonard Moyo, said: “Everytime Feng goes out of the office, he locks all workers in the warehouse and forces them to work overtime, paying them $1 per hour.”
“He uses his own separate toilet, which he doesn’t share with blacks, and if a worker uses a waterglass that he uses, he breaks it and throws away teaspoons which may have been used by his workers,” said Moyo, who claims to have left the company in February.
Moyo said workers had reported Feng at Mbare Police Station but no investigations were carried out.