The Mine Workers Union of Zambia has requested government to pass laws stipulating the minimum wage for workers in the mining sector and the extractive industry.
Government must regulate the conditions of service for the extractive industry to ensure miners are remunerated well, MUZ Secretary General, Joseph Chewe, said.
Chewe said this following the recent visit by the minister of labour, Joyce Simukoko, who has been touring the Copperbelt.
During her tour, the minister said her visit to the Copperbelt has brought to the fore the conditions prevailing in the extractive industry.
“Government is concerned with the poor conditions of service prevailing in most mining companies on the Copperbelt and will impose a law to protect workers from casualisation and poor salaries.”
Mining is hazardous and that, with the birth of outsourcing and contractual jobs in the extractive industry, government must impose the minimum wage to protect the Zambian workers from exploitation, the union noted.
Chewe recommended the minister of labour for touring the mines and meeting with all the unions to appreciate the challenges they were facing.