Chinese embassy disputes labour exploitation claims

Michael Amushelelo

The embassy of China has disputed claims made by social activist Michael Amushelelo about Namibians working at the embassy allegedly facing “exploitation”.

Amushelelo has claimed on his social media pages that embassy employees are “lowly paid and are exploited”.

The Chinese embassy in Namibia in a media statement on Saturday said all local employees at the embassy are “employed on the strength of valid and legal employment contracts which comply with the relevant laws of Namibia”.

The embassy added: “All the allegations made by Michael Amushelelo on the conditions of the local employees of the embassy in terms of low pay, social security benefits [and] abusive conduct are totally false and pure fabrication.”

The embassy said it subscribes to local standard business practices relating to the provision of medical aid and pension benefits.

“The embassy will continue to attach great importance to the welfare of its local employees and will solve any issues which may arise in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations as well as in the spirit of respecting and caring for all our employees,” the statement reads.

Amushelelo did not reply to messages sent to him.

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