MUN concerned over workers’ safety at mines

The Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) has raised serious concern over the health and safety of mine workers, especially in the small mines.

MUN General Secretary, Ebenezer Zarondo, told Nampa on Tuesday that due to the lack of finance, small mines are finding it hard to meet the set safety requirements for their employees.

“When it comes to small mines, it is becoming a problem regarding health and safety of mine workers,” said Zarondo.

He referred to an incident in which about 18 workers were allegedly forced to share a single container as a bedroom.

Zarondo said such behavior will not be tolerated by the union.

The General Secretary said employers are failing to address such situations, which often results in unlawful strikes that are not allowed by the union.

“We are concerned about the injuries happening at the small mines. The problem is that members themselves do not tackle measures regarding their health and this is also becoming a problem because employees will just use them the way they want,” Zarondo said.

He added that they are also experience some difficulties from diamond polishing and cutting companies and those that produce marble, because such companies are not honoring their employees contracts.