Mine workers exposed to coronavirus: CNRG

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SOME mining companies are failing to comply with the government set health and safety regulations, thereby exposing workers to Covid-19.

This comes amid observations by the Centre for Natural Resources Governance (CNRG) that all coal mining companies in Hwange were operating for more than the lockdown stipulated working hours, while in Marange employees were complaining about poor living conditions.

“In Marange, about 40 people are forced to share one facility for eating, sleeping and bathing, thereby making it difficult to observe social distancing even after working hours,” CNRG said in a statement.

Zimbabwe Allied and Diamond Workers Union (ZIDAWU) secretary general Cosmas Sunguro said there was need to keep the rights and interests of workers preserved.

“We have seen the working conditions of employees at mining companies being changed unjustifiably in face of the coronavirus pandemic,” Sunguro said.

Gold Miners Association of Zimbabwe technical advisor Davison Svuure said they were struggling to meet the conditions due to financial constraints.

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