The National Union of Miners and Allied Workers (NUMAW) says unions are concerned with the lack of response by management in some Chinese managed mining companies on their request to enter into negotiations for better conditions of service for miners going into 2021.
NUMAW Treasurer Saul Simunjika says despite submitting demands to management for better conditions of service for workers, most Chinese mines have not responded and is worried that their effort may not materialize because agreements with most mining firms end on 31st December.
And Mr. Simunyika has disclosed to phoenix news in an interview that at least 85 percent of miners who were sent on forced leave due to covid-19 at grizzly mining limited have been recalled while at KAGEM, workers are expected to report back for work by January 2021.
He notes that unions are almost concluding negotiations with mining companies such as Kansanshi and Lumwana – the unions have also just entered into discussions with Mopani and responses so far are positive.