Labour authorities to follow-up Qingmao Border project dispute

The Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) indicated to MNA that it will investigate the worker complaints filed against Guangdong Nam Yue Group Limited by Mainland China workers employed in the construction of the new Qingmao Border in Ilha Verde.

‘DSAL has immediately dispatched personnel to follow up and continue to understand the situation with the relevant employers and employees. The above-mentioned incidents mainly concern wages, labour costs and the period from February to April of this year, and quarantine fees,’ DSAL stated to MNA.

Yesterday several Chinese workers held a protest against the state-owned development group at the new border construction site in Ilha Verde.

According to the worker’s statements to TDM TV, after works were delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, several of them returned to Mainland China but were later informed that they would have to return or their works contracts would be terminated.

Many underwent the required 14-day quarantine in Zhuhai mandated for blue card works permit holders wishing to return to the SAR and footed more than MOP10,000 in expenses to be able to return to the city.

However, many of the workers will have to return to mainland China before the end of the month as their blue cards are set to expire, with some asking for the company to pay wages missing for April and May.

‘Regarding the complaints from foreign employees, DSAL has initiated a follow-up case to protect the legitimate rights and interests of the workers,’ the department noted.

A MOP106 million (US$13.1 million) contract for the Qingmao Border project plan was granted to Chinese state-owned group Guangdong Nam Yue Group Limited in April, 2017.

The same company receiving two contracts in 2019 without public tender to build the border checkpoint building and corridor foundations at Avenida do Comendador Ho Yin and Estrada do Canal dos Patos for a total amount of MOP890 million.

Foundation works were finished in May, 2019 with a MOP1 billion contract granted to Nam Yue in May of this year for the border building construction, a project set to finish in March, 2023.