Hikaumba counsels miners

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Hikaumba counsels miners


Lusaka, August 21 ZANIS—Zambia Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) President Leonard Hikaumba has described the protests by miners in Chingola yesterday as an unfortunate incidence.


Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today Mr Hikaumba said employers should prioritize payment of workers’ salaries first.


Mr Hikaumba also advised the employers to communicate their plans well in advance to the workers if harmony is to be maintained between them and their workers.


The labour leader attributed the protest by workers to miscommunication between the management and the workers.


He pointed out that his Union will continue to advocate for better conditions of service at places of work that are pension-based and will fight against casualization.


The ZCTU Chief has also appealed to the aggrieved miners to avoid taking the law into their own hands to address grievances but instead follow the right channels of communication.


On Wednesday Miners in Chingola stormed KCM owned flats and destroyed property worthy thousands of Kwacha demanding for better salaries and improved conditions of service.


Police had to fire teargas canisters to disperse the unruly miners working for contractors sub-contracted by KCM.