2021 is the second year since the world has faced the Covid-19 pandemic, which has also affected labor and mining sector in Rwanda, where some workers have lost their jobs.
Some manufacturing industries had come to a standstill.
This has had an economic impact on employers, their investment has faltered, and of course employees have also been affected, including the loss of jobs for some.
By the end of 2019, before the covid-19 came, according to figures released by the National Institute of Statistics (NISR), the mining staff had already reached 71,205 from 47,725 in 2017.
As a result of the Covid-19 , there has been a 19% drop in staff in 2020, as there were 57,379 (50,842 men and 6,437 women )
wanda Extractive Industry Workers Union (REWU) is deeply grateful to the national authorities for their consideration of the mining sector in the current context of combating and preventing the spread of covid-19; and the number of workers in this year 2021 continues to increase. It is expected that by 2021 the number will reach 100,000.
To improve the well-being of the miners, REWU this year in collaboration with Rwandafoam factory under the Union called RYAMA NEZA MUCUKUZI, 527 mining families have been provided with mattresses worth Rwf 30,838,538 million.
In defending workers’ rights, REWU this year held talks with various employers on measures to ensure that employees and their employers reach a consensus to deal with the effects of the company’s economic downturn in order to increase the productivity again.
REWU finds that the promotion of employment between workers, employers and the government is the source of economic integration and accelerated development, thus:
- REWU urges workers to be the catalyst for change to increase the productivity of the companies they work for, as the productivity of the companies will increase, their remuneration will increase, achieve better life and sustainable development;
- REWU encourages employees to have a more conservative culture, especially by participating in savings in the EJO HEZA program;
- REWU urges employers and employees to develop a culture of public dialogue between them, as in both cases the two agencies can work together to integrate their economic and social well-being, and to address workplace issues that arise in the company;
- REWU requires employers to provide workers with employment contracts, those who are not covered by old-age insurance and occupational diseases, and their employers also work for them, as it is the rights of workers that are not respected;
- REWU calls for the mining workers to be relieved and reduced their retirement age from 60 to 55 years depending on the nature of their work;