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Caculo Cabaça workers and Chinese contractor sign agreement

Workers at the Caculo Cabaça hydroelectric project and the management of the Chinese contractor CGCG signed a collective bargaining agreement this Monday to improve working conditions, after claims that resulted in the death of workers.


The agreement was signed in the presence of the Minister of Energy and Water, João Baptista Borges, who suggested, at the time, the creation of a monitoring committee "to verify compliance with the agreement between the parties".

According to a statement from the Ministry of Energy and Water, the first secretary of the trade union commission for the hydroelectric project, Leonardo Bate-Chapa, "recognized the leadership and availability of the minister in the negotiation process that resulted in gains between the parties".

João Baptista Borges established, at the end of May, 15 days for workers at the Caculo Cabaça hydroelectric project and the management of the Chinese contractor CGCG (China Gezhouba Group Company) to end the impasse that led to claims and the death of workers.

The striking workers involved in the construction of the hydroelectric plant in Caculo Cabaça, in the province of Cuanza Norte, demanded a salary increase, better working conditions, food and medical and medication assistance.

The signed agreement comes after two Angolan workers, who worked on this project, were killed in a confrontation with the police, last May, when they complained against the contractor, alleging non-compliance, as informed by the authorities.

For the minister, quoted in the communiqué, the signing of the agreement between the parties was a historic day for the project, as it will provide better working conditions.

The deputy governor of Kwanza Norte, Leonor Garibaldi, also attended the ceremony and said that the act represents an "important milestone for the province, taking into account the importance of infrastructure for Kwanza Norte in particular and for the country in general".

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