I. Introduction : discourses of China-in-Africa and copper mining in Zambia -- II. Empirical problems. A. Safety records compared and contextualized -- B. The wage gap : factoring in contract workers, productivity and profits -- C. Hours -- D. Job security -- E. Unions -- III. Methodological confusions -- IV. Contextualizing the claim -- V. Conclusion : why "the Chinese are the worst"
Examines conditions at China Nonferrous Metal Mining Company (CNMC) and Zambia's mining enterprises, and empirically evaluates practices implicating rights related to safety, wages, hours, unions, and job security in order to evaluate assertions by Human Rights Watch (HRW) that CNMC engages in labor abuses and is a "bad employer" compared to Western-based foreign investors