Majority of miners in Zambia, Africa’s leading copper producer fail to
contribute revenue to Government because of low wages, the Post
reported, citing Mining workers Union of Zambia.
Majority of the lowest paid miners in the copper industry get salaries
below K3,000 (US$150), making it difficult for the government to
collect their personal contributions in Pay As You Earn (PAYE) from
them, the paper said citing union general secretary Joseph Chewe.
The miners’ union expects investors in the mining sector to seriously
readjust the remuneration of miners upwards to enable their workers to
begin to look after their families well and also contribute towards
the much-needed tax to the government.
Mine workers Union of Zambia or MUZ, in collaboration with its
collaborating partners this year seek to work extra hard to ensure
that every collective agreement signed would have a positive impact on
the living standards of miners and their families.
MUZ was mindful that the mining sector was the driving force of the
Zambian economy and the industry was also a major employer on
permanent basis, hence the need for mining companies to be reminded
that majority of their employees were actually not paying tax.