Unions oppose phosphate mining

The Trade Union Congress of Namibia (TUCNA) has strongly condemned any individual, company or institution in support of phosphate mining in the Namibian seas.

In a petition read during an anti-phosphate mass marching campaign in Walvis Bay yesterday, TUCNA president, Paulus Hango, highlighted the dangers of offshore phosphate mining to the ocean and marine life, including fish which is consumed by many across the country and beyond.

This will not only lead to foreigners refusing to buy our seafood, but will also lead to losses of jobs in the fishing industry which creates more than 40 000 direct and indirect jobs while more than 100 000 people are dependent on the fishing both directly and indirectly, Hango said.

He stressed that it is therefore the responsibility of every Namibian to stand together and fight against the implementation of phosphate mining.

Hango alluded to his disappointment over how the Namibian government is handling the licensing process of the mineral offshore and demanded for a law which prohibits phosphate mining at sea.

Source: Namibia Press Agency