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The Escorpião restaurant in the Maputo Fair complex was closed yesterday by order of the General Inspectorate of Labour for irregularities considered serious.
The closure follows an inspection which began last week and found that workers were facing serious health risk and working without salaries, among other problems.
The inspection found the kitchen floor was unsafe, being neither level nor slip-resistant, in addition to the lack of decks in the vicinity of the stoves.
Additionally, the access stairs to the refrigerator were in a poor state of repair, the laundry services were not equipped to prevent workers being systematically exposed to ergonomic, biological and chemical hazards.
The situation was worsened by the work being carried out in a very small space and without ventilation, including in the warehouse, cafeteria and shower-room facilities.
There were adequate means for handling chemicals in the laundry. and workers were obliged to walk on a wet, greasy floor.
“These situations constitute an imminent danger to the life and safety of workers, which can lead to falls, burns, upper limb and toe amputation, hand damage and spinal and respiratory problems,” the source said.
In addition to the lack of resources, workers lacked personal protective equipment such as appropriate footwear, gloves and masks, as well as sharing un-segregated toilets with faulty showers and faucets.
The inspection also found that electrical cables were not properly insulated, submerged in pools of water in the area of the refrigerator and an obstacle to the exit and access of the laundry facilities, constituting a serious danger in case of emergency.
In view of the seriousness of the findings, it was decided to suspend work activities and initiate an administrative procedure which could lead to the revocation of the company’s representative’s work permit.
The reopening of the restaurant is to be subject to the provision of decent working conditions, payment of salaries in arrears and of contributions owed to the INSS and written contracts for all restaurant workers.