Zimbabwe mine workers representative call for regional integration of miners

By William Milasi

Zimbabwe’s main mine workers representative the Zimbabwe Diamond and Allied Minerals Workers Union (Zdamwu) is calling for a more integrated approach towards the achievement of improved conditions of mine workers in the country.

Zdamwu General Secretary Justice Chinhema said the historic signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Mine Workers Union of Zambia (MUZ) and the Egyptian General Trade Union of Miners, Quarries and Salinas is an eye opener towards miners regional integration.

 “Last year, MUZ announced its plans to invest in exploration and mining as a way of contributing to the economic growth of the country and enhancing job creation.

The strides taken by MUZ in advancing the cause of mine workers in Zambia is highly commendable. MUZ President Joseph Chewe said the Union has made steady progress in establishing its mining company in Zambia and contribute effectively to the country’s economy.We understand MUZ has already identified sites where it will establish a mining company through the partnership with some tradition leaders within the identified areas,” he said.

He added, Zdamwu has already advocated for a more focused regional integration of miners in the country.

“As a union we do agree with the vision being shared by  MUZ President who  has since urged Trade Unions within Africa to join hands and consider becoming the main players in mining operations besides representing workers only.As Zdamwu we have been pushing for the reopening of mines in Zimbabwe and we will still continue doing so. It is high time there must be bilateral engagement of unions, exchange programs that benefit workers in the region.  We are working for the same employer for a start. Political leaders meet and have exchange programs. Why not us as unions?”

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