Workers at the Kribi deep seaport have raised concerns regarding bad treatment from their Chinese employers, a situation which the Minister of Employment and Vocational Training Issa Tchiroma Bakary, has said he will address in all foreign companies based in Cameroon.
During a visit to the Kribi deep seaport on Wednesday, the workers complained to the Minister that “the Chinese are taking us for animals, treating us very badly. We don’t eat, we don’t feed well here. Without us the workers, the Chinese cannot work” the employees fumed.
They said their rights were being violated, reason why they recently disrupted works to make their voices heard.
In reaction to the grievances, Tchiroma said he will make sure that all foreigners who have been working there regularize their situation. He added that “before I sign a contract, they have to demonstrate that they have recruited as many Cameroonians as requested in the visa” the employment minister said.
“From now onward, when a foreigner is working, there is a Cameroonian who is being trained to replace him after the two years or three years granted to him.”
Minister Tchiroma indicated that in the case where they are reluctant, “we will drive them out of our country” he stated.