TWO MINE-WORKERS UNIONS PONDER JOINING FORCES

By Michael Kaluba

The Multiplicity of Unions in the mining sector that is believed to have weakened the labour movement has prompted two of the largest groups, the Mine Workers Union of Zambia-MUZ- and the National Union of Miners and Allied Workers-NUMAW- to ponder joining forces and represent their collective over 27,000 members as one voice.

NUMAW has over 12,000 members while MUZ has over 15,000 workers in the mining sub-sector but Mopani Copper Mines alone has 6 different unions representing the around 4000 employees.

And the unions have disclosed that there has been no salary increments awarded to unionized

workers at Konkola Copper Mines for the past 4 years with the only incentive, a K1, 000 stand alone and once off figure given 2 years ago while current negotiations also seem stalled with a meeting scheduled for next week to map a way forward.

NUMAW National Treasurer Saul Simujika has also dispelled suggestions that the current negotiations have stalled because the current KCM management is temporal following the recent departure of the Provisional Liquidator Milingo Lungu who he said was at the helm of operations during the period when workers were not awarded any salary increments.

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