NKOMBO KACHEMBA, Kitwe
KONKOLA Copper Mines (KCM) will recall the over 300 miners who were redeployed to other mining operations.
And KCM has awarded a seven percent salary increase across the board to all unionised workers.
The recall follows KCMâ€™s decision to re-open the Nchanga Open Pit Mine in Chingola, which was recently placed under care and maintenance.
The miners at the open pit mine were redeployed to other mining operations in Chililabombwe and Chingola when the mine was placed under care and maintenance due to a slump in copper prices on the international market and power deficit.
KCM human resource vice-president Chimanga Chikwanda said the open pit mine will soon be re-opened and that all the miners that were working at the mine will be recalled.
She was speaking in Kitwe on Friday during the signing of the 2017 collective agreement in which unionised workers have been awarded a seven per cent salary increase.
However, the company will issue a comprehensive statement later.
And representatives of the National Union of Mines and Allied Workers (NUMAW), the Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) and the United Mine Workers Union of Zambia (UMUZ) signed the collective agreement with KCM management in Kitwe on Friday.
NAMAW president James Chansa said in an interview yesterday that the negotiations with KCM were not easy because the mining giant is just recovering from external market shocks, which were as a result of low copper prices on the international market.
He commended MUZ and UMUZ for the support rendered to NUMAW, which has the majority of the members at KCM, during the negotiations.
And Esther Mseteka reports that KCM has provided scholarships to about 300 students at a cost of K2.1 million.
KCM providesÂ Scholastic Excellence Awards in communities where the mine operates, namely Nampundwe, Chililabombwe, Chingola and Kitwe.
Nampundwe mine managerÂ Reuben Chongo said the awards are meant to improve academic standards and promote permanent learning opportunities for all.
Speaking when he presented scholarships to 40 pupils in Government-run schools in the four districts, Mr Chongo said the company will continue supporting education related programmes through already existing partnership with Government and local communities.
And senior chief Shakumbila said KCM has been working in partnership with the people of Shibuyunji district on a number of developmental projects, including education and sustainable livelihoods programmes.
NKOMBO KACHEMBA, Kitwe