Be firm with mines on taxes, MUZ urges Government

AN open pit mine.

THE Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) has urged Government not to allow any mining company to lay off workers on the basis of the proposed increase of mineral royalty tax and introduction of sales tax in the 2019 national budget.
Government is targeting to collect K4.8 billion from mineral royalty tax in 2019 from the projected K3.5 billion this year and has replaced value added tax (VAT) with sales tax to boost domestic revenue collections.
MUZ president Joseph Chewe said in an interview that the labour movement will not entertain further job losses in the mining sector.
Mr Chewe said it is disappointing that mining companies have continued with their retrogressive trend of resorting to retrenching workers whenever Government makes adjustments to the country’s mining tax regime.

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