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Wusakile MP Tells Unions to Stop Doing Business with Mines

Wusakile member of parliament Pavyuma Kalobo has challenged mine workers unions to stop doing business with the mines if they are to effectively represent their members.

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.

8 Comments

  1. Free i.

    I salute you Honourable, well said ,this is exactly what is happening to these unions, they can’t defend the workers there only interests in a miner are the monthly contributions miners pay to them.

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      By ANDREW ROSENBERG, DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR SCIENCE & DEMOCRACY
      On Wednesday this week, the USA Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs will hold a mark-up hearing in the Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments of 2019 introduced by Sen. Portman (R-OH). And before you stop reading, yes this is a science issue. The proposed amendments are intended to improve the transparency of the federal advisory committee process, including science advisory committees of scientists from outside government, and to disclose and reduce the impacts of conflicts of interest on those committees.
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  2. Janchris

    Dats da quality of leadership we need . . ..if we are to develop our country

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    • Frank

      i agree with u 100% mp how i wish u could advise those gvt officials doing jobs for the mines for their own selfish motives.how can they genuinely save the interest of the people.

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  3. clint

    Were in trouble now where are u govt u hav been quiet fo longtim talk u’re the head of this nation zambia?

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  4. Mumba

    Wise words

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  5. Edgar

    Wise words honourable

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  6. Sichinga Robert Sylvester

    Honorable mp, you are100%right, whether they hate you or not ,the truth is what you have said. This also goes to the government contracts.the one in-charge of supervision of contracts is the main benefited.

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