HONE SIAME, Kitwe
THE Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) has lauded President Lungu for putting the interest of the country first through his decision to start the process of flushing out foreigners who are holding jobs that can be done by qualified indigenous Zambians.
During his state of the nation address to Parliament on Friday last week, President Lungu said Government would soon audit the mining sector to ascertain how many jobs are occupied by foreigners.
MUZ general secretary Joseph Chewe said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that the labour movement in the mining sector is elated by the move taken by the Patriotic Front (PF) administration.
Mr Chewe said President Lunguâ€™s pronouncement is long overdue and pledged MUZâ€™s support towards the exercise to ensure indigenous Zambians are given priority during staff recruitment in the mining sector.
â€œAs MUZ, we will collaborate with Government to ensure jobs that are supposed to be done by Zambians are given to indigenous Zambians by mining companies as opposed to giving such jobs to foreigners,â€ Mr Chewe said.
He called on mining companies to be truthful when giving information to the team that will be constituted by Government to undertake the exercise.
He said Zambia has many qualified nationals that can occupy some of the positions that are being occupied by foreigners.
Mr Chewe said the mine union is looking forward to seeing all foreigners occupying positions that are supposed to be occupied by Zambians â€œflushed outâ€ of the mining sector.
He said there is need for the country to benefit from its mineral wealth through jobs and taxes.
Mr Chewe said the high unemployment levels the country is currently grappling with can be lessened if investors in the mining sector and other sectors of the countryâ€™s economy appreciate local human resource.
HONE SIAME, Kitwe