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Case 14: Hiring and Firing in the Chinese-Zimbabwean Mining Industry

  • Christian Martin Boness
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in African Leadership book series (PSAL)

Abstract

Since its independence, Zimbabwe has opened its gates to Chinese investment. The country has precious mineral resources, and mining industries are booming. In a gold mining plant in Mashonaland, the relationship between the Chinese management and the staff is quite tense. Grievances of the Zimbabweans include the treatment of workers, the “hire-and-fire” policy, and safety and security measures. Admittedly, the Chinese management has created many jobs, but mine workers are not sure if they can keep their places in the mining company. Some feel threatened by the high number of workers who lose their jobs suddenly. But the issues of unfair contracts and the abuse of labourers are also on the agenda. The situation in the gold mine has gained public interest, and investigative journalists approach Mr Peng, the human resource manager of the company, to get an answer. Mr Peng responds in a friendly manner to their questions about the Chinese management’s expectations of the working staff in the mine.

Keywords

Recruitment Labour Dismissal Value orientations 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Martin Boness
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  1. 1.Department of ManagementRhodes UniversityGrahamstownSouth Africa

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