KCM Sacks 34 Miners For Riot During Strike – Official

Zambia’s largest copper producer, Konkola Copper Miners, has sacked 34 miners for rioting during a wage strike last November, a company spokesman said Monday.

Rahul Kharker said 47 miners were charged with rioting by the management in November and that 13 of them have since been cleared and reinstated.

KCM is majority-owned by London-listed Vedanta Resources PLC (VED.LN).

Since November last year, the company has been in a wage dispute with its workers, who want a 25% pay rise. The dispute culminated in a riot on Nov. 11, when workers attacked Indian and Chinese expatriates at the mine and caused extensive damage.

Talks with the unions resumed in December but the two sides have yet to reach an agreement.

KCM is implementing major expansion projects in the country and annual copper output is expected to reach 500,000 metric tons next year, up from 305,000 tons.

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