THE Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) is humbled that the affiliates of the Zambia Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) have shown confidence in the mining union by electing its leader Nkole Chishimba as ZCTU president at the just ended Quadrennial congress held in Livingstone.
MUZ General Secretary Joseph Chewe said his union was grateful for the gesture shown by the ZCTU affiliates and would strive to support Mr Chishimba in his new position as ZCTU president.
Mr Chewe said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that he was sure that the congress under the leadership of Mr Chishimba would strive to fight all forms of exploitation from employers in both the public and private sector.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank the ZCTU affiliates for showing confidence in our President, Mr Nkole Chishimba. We do believe that the confidence shown in the MUZ president, will not be in vain, but would be used to unite the workers and speak for the voiceless workers.
“Speak for the voiceless workers and also fight for the improvement of the welfare of the workers who in most cases are exploited by cruel and heartless employers. So as our slogan in MUZ says, an injury to one is an injury to all the workers,” Mr Chewe said.
Mr Chewe said MUZ would support Mr Chishimba in his new position because he was taking over the position of ZCTU president at a time when the workers in both the private and public sector were facing a lot of challenges.
He said Mr Chishimba had always been provided leadership at MUZ and so even in his new position as ZCTU president, he would provide quality leadership that would protect the interest of the workers.
“Currently, the labour industry is facing a lot of challenges in both the public and private sector, but as MUZ, we have no doubt that Mr Chishimba will rise to the challenge and overcome obstacles workers are facing.
“He will continue to solicit support from all the workers to rally behind him because for the union to succeed, it needs the support of the workers,” he said.