Rwamagana: REWU Joins PIRAN Workers to Celebrate International Miners Day

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On Saturday, December 11, 2021 at PIRAN Rwanda Ltd, in Rwamagana District, Eastern Province more than 1,200 miners with the company’s Management, various guests and the community joined together to celebrate the International Miners Day.

The chief guest was the Vice Mayor for Economic Affairs of Rwamagana District, Mrs. Jeanne Nyirabihogo.

There was also the District Police Commander, the Representative of Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board (RMB),  the Deputy Secretary General of the Rwanda Extractive Industry Workers Union (REWU), Mr. Jean Marie Bwanakweli and the REWU Coordinator in the Eastern Province Mr. MUSABYIMANA Deogratias among others.

The event was marked by a ceremonial lunch party, speeches and dances to celebrate the achievements.

Mrs. Nyirabihogo Jeanne praised the activities of PIRAN Rwanda and praised REWU as a partner in the Development of Miners in Rwanda.

He urged miners to save for a better future.

Mr. Bwanakweli Jean Marie said that PIRAN Rwanda is one of the leading companies that care for their employees, and also highlighted the cases that REWU has won and the number of employees who have returned to work due to the advocacy that REWU has conducted for them.

He assured that REWU will continue to advocate for all members wherever possible so that their rights are observed.

PIRAN Rwanda’s Manager Mr. Sematuro Lionel explained that PIRAN is entering a new stage to modernize and professionalize its activities in order to improve productivity.

He added that they are working with local authorities to improve lives among local communities, including paying Health Insurance for the needy, road construction, afforestation and more.

Speaking on behalf of Workers, Mr. Emmanuel, trade union representative praised the administration’s partnership with REWU in improving the lives of workers, saying that no one who sleeps badly following the distribution of mattresses and bicycles among workers who will pay for the items in installments.

He also commended REWU for facilitating negotiations with employers to resolve disputes when they arose.

The RMB representative commended PIRAN’s improved working condition compared to the previous time when Mining activities were being conducted in disorder and called for continued environmental protection. He assured that RMB will remain close to them to make mining a profession that not only contributes to the national economy but also contributes to the wellbeing of workers and their families.

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