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Mineworkers get 10% pay increment

MINEWORKERS Union of Zambia (MUZ) has concluded salary negotiations with three mining companies and workers have been awarded an increment of between eight and 10 percent.
MUZ president Chishimba Nkole confirmed the development in an interview from Kalulushi yesterday.
The union has concluded talks with Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) Plc and Chibuluma Copper Mines both having agreed to award miners a salaries increment of 10 percent while Mopani Copper Mine (MCM) settled for eight percent.
Mr Nkole, however, said negotiations with Vedanta’s Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), China Non-Ferrous Metals Company Limited Luanshya Copper Mines (CLM) Plc and First Quantum’s Lumwana Copper Mine are ongoing.
Mr Nkole said the union expects to resume negotiations for new salaries at Kansanshi next year as its earlier discussions with the mining firm were for three years from 2013 to 2016.
“We hope to conclude as soon as possible for these other mining firms. Actually it is tough to move because generally these mining firms are saying that they have been hit hard as a result of value added tax refunds, low copper prices on the London Metal Exchange and the new mining tax regime,” he said.
Mr Nkole further attributed the slow pace at which negotiations are taking to operation difficulties mining firms are facing locally and globally.
He observed that even companies that the union had concluded talks with indicated they are working under difficult conditions.

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