HONE SIAME, Kitwe
THE Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) has called for unity among mine unions if they are to effectively execute their core responsibility of protecting and defending the interests of miners in the country.
MUZ general secretary Joseph Chewe said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that the labour movement in the mining sector has a lot of work to do in fighting for the welfare of miners.
Mr Chewe said there is need for leaders of all mine unions to put the interest of mine workers first to ensure their lives, jobs and rights are safeguarded.
He re-affirmed MUZâ€™s commitment in ensuring that miners operate in favourable environments.
â€œWe must speak the same language on issues affecting the mining sector in Zambia. As representatives of workers in this sector, we must always protect the interests of workers and our mining industry so that investments in this sector do not only benefit investors, but the country as well,â€ Mr Chewe said.
He said the future of Zambian mines depends on long-term investments by mine owners particularly on expansion programmes to sustain their operations.
He noted with sadness failure by some mining companies on the Copperbelt to invest in their underground operations, which he said, is key to the development of the sector.
Mr Chewe said MUZ will not allow the importation of copper concentrate from other countries as Zambia has enough copper ores for local production.
He said importing copper concentrate from other countries could have adverse impact on the countryâ€™s economy and a lot of jobs could be lost.
He said it is MUZâ€™s desire to see mining companies supplementing Governmentâ€™s efforts in improving the social and economic welfare of the citizens.
HONE SIAME, Kitwe