Workers striking at a Chinese-owned coal mine killed a Chinese supervisor when they hit him with a coal trolley, officials of the mine workers' union said Monday. Employees at the Collum Coal Mine staged a protest over the weekend, demanding that their pay be raised to match Zambia's new minimum wage for laborers of about $230 a month, which was announced last month. China has invested heavily in Zambia, a major producer of copper, coal and other minerals. Chinese companies in Zambia have long been accused of mistreating and underpaying their workers, and violence has broken out at the Collum mine during labor disputes in the past. President Michael Sata was elected last year on a largely anti-China platform, but has softened his position since taking office.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.