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Mine workers threaten to down tools
18/06/2014 00:00:00
by The Source
 
 
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THE main mine workers union has threatened to withdraw its members from mining companies that are not abiding by safety regulations after a horrific accident at a small gold mine killed seven workers last week.

Associated Mine Workers Union of Zimbabwe president, Tinago Ruzive said the union will down tools to force companies to prioritise their safety after seven gold miners died and 11 were injured at Golden Valley Mine when a hoist cage transporting them down a shaft broke loose and plunged into a pool of water.

Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe data shows that 35 people died in mine accidents last year, mostly at small mines, where safety standards are low, a trend Ruzive said had to change.

“We are going out (to the mines) and where we find out that mining companies are not abiding by proper safety procedures then we simply tell the workers to down tools,” he told The Source on Tuesday.

Cases of companies neglecting workers were on the rise added Ruzive without giving figures.

“They just want to make money. Workers’ issues are never part of their priorities,” he said.


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