On November 23, 2021, the Rwanda Extractive Industry Workers Union (REWU) visited the Morial Metal Cooperative, one of the mining cooperatives in the PIRAN Rwanda Company, specifically in Rwamagana District, Eastern Province of Rwanda.
REWU’s visit to the Cooperative was aimed at explaining to the workers the contents of the 2018 Labor Law and other employee rights.
During the meeting, REWU was represented by the Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Bwanakweli Jean Marie Vianney together with the REWU Coordinator in the Eastern Province Mr. Musabyimana Deogratias
During the discussion, workers at this Mining site were encouraged to improve productivity so that once they have an issue that needs advocacy it will be easier because when an employer sees employees who are productive at work, he or she also understands their needs faster.
Workers have also been informed that REWU will not stop advocating for them whenever necessary.
In general, REWU is working tirelessly to advocate for the improvement of the livelihoods of the mining workers as well as for their families.
Among the questions asked were the low salary compared to market prices.
REWU has promised that the issue will be discussed with their employer in order to find a solution that is agreed by both sides.
They also point out that lack of the minimum wage hinders their progress.
In addition to the fact that REWU continues to advocate for this issue, it has been explained that this will be solved by the law establishing the Minimum Wage and this is still in discussions in the Ministry of Public Service and Labour.