By NATION REPORTER
KAGEM Emerald Mining Limited has refused to reinstate 15 employees who were fired for allegedly inciting their colleagues to go on strike over a nine percent salary increment.
The employees at the giant emerald company went on strike in May, this year after management awarded them a nine percent salary increment which they described as low.
Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) president Joseph Chewe confirmed that the management at Kagem had refused to reinstate the 15 employees and the union had since taken the matter to the Ministry of Labour. “As a union, we have been engaging management to consider extending amnesty to the 15 employees who were dismissed for allegedly inciting their colleagues to go on strike, but nothing has come to fruition.
“We had even gone to the top man at the emerald mining company, but nothing has come to fruition. So now we have reached the level where we have taken the matter to the Ministry of Labour for arbitration,” Mr Chewe said.
Mr Chewe said the union was hoping that the ministry would expedite the arbitration process and possibly facilitate the re-instatement of the workers.
The employees had rejected the nine percent salary increment and instead demanded between 35 and 50 percent.
At Kagem, the highest paid unionised worker gets K4, 800 while the lowest paid unionised worker gets K2, 800.