ALEX NJOVU, Kitwe
THE United Mine Workers Union of Zambia (UMUZ) has expressed happiness at the performance of the mining sector this year.
Union president Wisdom Ngwira said in an interview yesterday that the labour movement is pleased with the contribution the sector has continued to make towards the development of the country.
Mr Ngwira said the sector has strived to work closely with Government in the creation of quality and pensionable job opportunities.
â€œWe are happy with the performance of the mining sector in general.
Most mining companies have this year managed to implement various capital projects that have assisted in the creation of job opportunities for our people. Most companies are actively involved in the development of communities through their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes,â€ Mr Ngwira said.
He said the union is further impressed that most mines have implemented the various collective agreements that were signed with the labour movement.
Mr Ngwira urged mining firms to continue investing heavily in the welfare of their workers.
He said labour is an important component in the development of any country.
â€œOur members have continued to play an important role towards increased production and it is important that we appreciate them by seeing to it that we give them good conditions of service.
Without a miner, there cannot be high production of copper and other minerals,â€ he said.
He also commended Government for its commitment to opening more mines in the country.
Mr Ngwira, however, implored proprietors of Mukambo mine in Mufulira to work with other stakeholders to improve the living standards of the local people.
â€œWe are all hopeful that the development of the Mukambo mine will assist in creating job opportunities for our people in Mufulira. We are happy with the general performance of the mining sector this year and we urge them to do the same in the coming year and ensure that we increase copper production,â€ Mr Ngwira said.
ALEX NJOVU, Kitwe