By MOFFAT CHAZINGWA –
THE National Union of Miners and Allied Workers (NUMAW) is optimistic that the ongoing negotiations involving managements of various mine houses and the labour unions will yield results that will be pleasing to all stakeholders involved.
NUMAW president James Chansa said the unions have continued to engage in discussions with the various mines with the view of mitigating the impact of the current challenges affecting the mining industry in the country.
Mr Chansa who was commenting on the ongoing negotiations involving the mines and unions in the wake of operational challenges that had posed threats of job cuts in the mining industry, said discussions were so far progressing well.
He said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that the discussions with the mines had presented an opportunity for all the stakeholders that included the mines, unions and Government to get the desired result.
“We are hoping that at the end of it all, we will be able to get results that will please everyone that includes the mines, government as well as us the unions, but to strike such a balance is not easy,” he said.
Mr Chansa was happy that there were some headways made in the negotiations between the labour unions and mines in particular the Luanshya Copper Mines (LCM) management’s decision to have 1, 600 workers placed on recess with a monthly allowance of K900.
He said the good thing concerning LCM was that the mine had opened doors for negotiations.
LCM and the labour unions opened negotiations following President Edgar Lungu’s intervention during his recent working visit to the Copperbelt.