ZCTU calls for audit of mines to ascertain new tax fears

The Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has called for a serious audit of mining firms to ascertain whether indeed they will make losses in view of the new mine tax regime.

ZCTU Secretary General Cosmas Mukuka says if this forensic audit confirms that mines will indeed make losses, a meeting between government, the mines and workers’ unions should be convened.

Mr. Mukuka says his union is opposed to the threats being made by the mining firms that they will downscale production and cut down on the workforce in view of the new tax regime.

He has told QTV News that by threatening to cut down on the workforce, mining firms have failed to recognize labor as factor in production.

The ZCTU Secretary General states that his union is disheartened that the mining firms seem to be more interested in making profits than the labor that makes production possible.

He says he does not personally think this is the kind of attitude that should be tolerated in Zambia.

News source: QFM Radio

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