Mineworkers demand AIDS fund

Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) wants government to set up a National AIDS Fund to help fight the pandemic in the country.
In a resolution by its National Congress 2 June, the Union said the fund would also assist children orphaned by AIDS.
All stakeholders are required to contribute to the fund.
MUN also expressed concern over its declining membership due to mine closures and other factors.
"This development is posing a serious threat to our union's existence.
Therefore, the Congress has resolved to expand the union's scope in order to include any other sectors in which labour is not yet organised," the MUN resolution said.
During the Congress at Katutura Township, a female member, Connie Pandemi from Nampower was elected MUN President.
The Union said it is determined to redress gender inequity, and has for the past four years committed itself to ensuring that women workers fully participate in union activities.
Another resolution concerned Namibia's joint mining investment in the DR Congo, which has generated serious national debate, with opposition groups criticising government on the matter.
MUN Congress decided "to throw its weight and power behind the government's initiative to expand and extend economic activities inside and beyond the country's borders.

05 june 2001 12:53:00

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