MUZ against toxic imports by KCM
The Mine Workers Union of Zambia -MUZ- says the importation of toxic copper by Konkola Copper Mines -KCM- from Chile is a danger to the safety and welfare of miners employed by the conglomerate.
The union has further implored Government to thoroughly investigate how KCM imported the toxic copper into Zambia by disregarding the law.
MUZ General Secretary Joseph Chewe is challenging KCM management to come out clearly and explain why it is importing toxic copper when the firm has a lot of copper ore in its reserves.
Mr. Chewe said this in an interview with ZNBC News in Kitwe.
Meanwhile, MUZ has engaged KCM to ensure that miners handling the toxic copper ore are not exposed a toxic chemical elements that causes cancer.
The MUZ General Secretary has since implored KCM to ensure that the lives of miners and surrounding communities they operate in are protected.
KCM spokesperson Shapi Shachinda was quoted by both local and international media as saying that there would be no adverse effects on the environment or Human health as the firm has taken the necessary precautions to protect the environment.
A Leading German civil Society Organization has advised multinational firms investing in Zambia’s mining sector to ensure that they formulate and put in place policies to safeguard the environment.
The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung -FES- says whilst the country is in dire need of Foreign Direct Investment FDI’s, care and caution should be taken to protect the environment.
FES Country Programme Manager for Zambia Kathy Short says investment in the mining sector should be accompanied and matched with a clear environmental and sustainability plan by firms.
Ms. Short was speaking in Kitwe when she officiated at the opening of a two-day climate change training Workshop for Mine Workers’ Union of Zambia-MUZ-members.
Earlier, MUZ General Secretary Joseph Chewe implored mining firms to take Environmental protection seriously.
Mr. Chewe says unions in the mining sector are now demanding for green jobs.