Kalobo, who is an independent member of parliament, said unions were failing to represent their members effectively because they have running businesses with the mines.
He has attributed the job losses in the mines to poor representation by the mine unions whom he has accused of only protecting their interests.
“How can you represent people adequately when you have been given supply jobs as a union? The problem began with the unions, there is no adequate representation. How can you bite the finger that is feeding you?” Kalobo wondered.
He said it is clear that mine workers unions did not have a strong voice in demanding improved working conditions for their members.
“If they want to be suppliers, let them be suppliers. They are getting money from these employees but failing to represent them, they are suppliers and they are eating,” added Kalobo.