By ROGERS KALERO
THE Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) will not support any move to bring a Chinese investor at Konkola Copper Mines (KCM).
MUZ said the Chinese have been the worst employers in the mining industry.
General secretary George Mumba said in Kitwe yesterday the record of Chinese investors in the mining industry was not impressive and so the union would not support any investor from the Asian country.
Mr Mumba was reacting to media reports that China Non-Ferrous Metal Mining Group (CNMC) has declared interest in taking over operations at KCM in Chingola.
Chambishi NFCA Chief Executive Officer Guobin Hu told journalists on Saturday that CNMC is the best investor to take over operations of KCM.
But Mr Mumba said Chinese investors should not be entrusted with running the giant mining company because their previous record in terms of looking after the workers, contractors and suppliers was not impressive.
“We don’t want a Chinese investor at KCM because the 21 years we have worked with them at NFCA have not been impressive. Their conditions of service for the workers are poor and they don’t give reasonable contracts to local contractors,” he said. Mr Mumba said the other problem with the Chinese investors was that they were putting Zambians in managerial positions, but were not allowing them to make decisions on various critical issues.
He said MUZ would rather have investors from Canada or Australia because they have a good track record of mining and the conditions of service.