28 March 2014

Mozambique: Labour Inspectors Close Down Restaurant

Maputo — Mozambique's General Inspectorate of Labour has closed down the popular “Escorpiao” restaurant in downtown Maputo on health and safety grounds.

A press release from the Labour Ministry says that an inspection team found that the restaurant management failed to observe “the most elementary rules of health and safety at work, thus endangering the health and lives of the workers and of the clients”.

The inspectors found “a total lack of cleanliness in the kitchen and in the bathroom reserved for the workers”.

That bathroom is next to the kitchen, and the inspectors found that it had no water, and that the flush mechanism for the toiley was not working. In addition, there was inadequate lighting in the area where the workers cook the food, and a lack of ventilation. The workers did not have appropriate clothing or protective equipment.

The Inspectorate has decreed that the restaurant can only reopen after a second inspection conforms that it has complied with all the recommendations left by the inspectors. In particular, the company must establish decent working conditions, including cleaning up the water found on the floors of the kichen and the workers' eating area.

The inspectorate also ordered the employer to immediately stop supplying the workers with water that is unfit for human consumption.

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