About 1,200 employees of a contractor company hired to build Zambia’s Muliashi copper mine by China Nonferrous Metals Mining Corporation on Monday went on strike demanding payment of lunch allowances and decent transport, a union official said.
“There was a work stoppage for the whole day but we talked to the workers and hope that they will resume work tomorrow,” Mine Workers Union of Zambia acting president Charles Mukuka told Reuters by telephone.
“They want to be paid lunch allowance instead of the food that they are provided by their Chinese employers. They also want the practice of transporting them in open trucks to immediately stop,” Mukuka added.
The Muliashi project is due to be commissioned by the end of this year with finished copper production estimated at 30,000 tonnes per year, according to company estimates.