CEC urged to rescind its decision on limiting power supply to the mines

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cecNATIONAL Union of Miners and Allied Workers (NUMAW) has asked Copperbelt Energy Cooperation (CEC) to rescind its decision of restricting power supply to the mining companies in Copperbelt province.

NUMAW President James Chansa says the power utility company should first consider engaging the affected mines before it effects the move to restrict power supply to the mines.

ZANIS reports that Mr. Chansa said during a press briefing at the NUMAW Secretariat in Kitwe today, that the restriction of power supply will have adverse effects on the workers and will affect economic development of the country.

“There is a strong indication from CEC to the mines that they have intentions of cutting power to the mining sector. This move will affects the country’s economy. Zambian lives will be affected adversely by the move,” Mr. Chansa said.

He added that Zambia’s economy is dependent on the mining sector hence the best way to resolve the matter was to engage both parties to dialogue and find an amicable solution that will ensure that both parties benefit.

“Our advice to the supplier of electricity is that they should engage parties involved. They union received the news of cutting power with shock. If dialogue doesn’t work we appeal to government to intervene and help find a solution since they are partners,” he said.

Mr. Chansa has since appealed to government to intervene in the matter adding that the mines have just recovered from the shocks that saw the reduction of copper prices on the international market.

The NUMAW President pledged that his Union will continue working with the government of the day in ensuring that affairs of the country are run smoothly especially if they involve workers.

Recently the Utility firm increased its tariffs to meet its operational challenges a move that has affected operations of most mines and its suppliers. Mopani Mines PLC has to this effect refused to pay the new tariffs and has consequently taken the matter to court