MINEWORKERS Union of Zambia (MUZ) is not a compromised union and will never betray its members as suggested by Rainbow Party presidential candidate Wynter Kabimba, says MUZ president Nkole Chishimba.
He said MUZ would continue to fight for better conditions of service for miners who are always putting their best for the mines to increase production,
Speaking at the weekend at Hotel Edinburgh in Kitwe during the Press Freedom Committee of the Post, Mr Kabimba said unions in the mining industry were weak and compromised because foreign investors had come with a divide and rule attitude.
Mr Kabimba said miners were being exploited by abusive investors in the mining industry because they have a weak and compromised labour movement.
But Mr Chishimba said while MUZ was not compromised, there was a possibility of some unions in the mining industry being compromised because of the proliferation of unions in the industry.
The mining industry has three unions, namely United Mineworkers Union of Zambia (UMUZ), National Union of Miners and Allied Workers (NUMAW) and MUZ.
“MUZ is a strong, big and experienced union in the country and it has fought many battles in this country. So it can’t be compromised by investors, but there is a possibility of some unions in the mining industry being compromised because of proliferation of unions in the industry.
“As MUZ, we will not say a lot of things in reaction to Mr Kabimba’s statement because we know we are not compromised. Only those unions who are compromised will be hurt by Mr Kabimba’s statement.
“In fact, it would have been better for Kabimba to mention which union he is talking about because there are three unions in the mining industry namely UMUZ, NUMAW and the mighty MUZ,” said Mr Chishimba.
He said employers were bound to take advantage of the disunity because it was not always that unions were speaking with one voice.
Mr Chishimba, who is also president of Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), said unions must be above board and ensure that the interest of their members came first.
“Political parties need to support and encourage unions and their members to be focused so that they achieve what they want,” he said.
Other unions, UMUZ and NUMAW, promised to react to Mr Kabimba later .