Jump to Content Maamba Collieries, MUZ sign new collective agreement

MAAMBA Collieries Limited (MCL) and the Mine Workers Union of Zambia (MUZ) have signed a collective agreement to cover a period of five months with effect from August 1, 2010 as the new owners – Nava Bharat (Singapore) Pty Limited – embark on a restructuring and rehabilitation programme.

During the signing ceremony at the MCL offices in Lusaka, MCL acting general manager Alex Mutale said it was management’s target to enter into proper negotiations with the union in December as Nava Bharat would have completed the restructuring programme.

 

Mutale said employees who would be taken on will have new conditions of service.
Unionised members at MCL have been operating on the last agreement signed in 2005 as it could not be revised, mainly due to the financial constraints the company had been facing.

 

Maamba has in the past few months been committed to clearing outstanding debts to employees, former employees, suppliers as well as statutory bodies. The exercise is nearing completion.

In April 2010, Nava Bharat Pty of Singapore acquired majority shareholding in Maamba Collieries Limited. ZCCM IH continues to be a substantive shareholder with representation on the board. The government of the Republic of Zambia, through the Ministry of Finance and National Planning, is also represented on the board.

Source: The Post Online

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