UPND warns KCM of demos over workers’ conditions
By Thulani Phiri
KONKOLA Copper Mines will face serious demonstrations if workers’ salaries are not improved by February 3, warns UPND in Chingola.
And UPND member Derrick Chilundika says the opposition political party is disappointed with the manner in which the mineworkers unions are handling workers’ salary negotiations.
In a statement, Chilundika stated that KCM employees were supposed get new salaries this January.
“KCM should not take its workers’ patience for granted because enough is enough for our brothers and sisters in the mines, who have worked for five solid years under very difficult conditions without an increment to their wages. We are urging KCM to do the right thing or face Chingola community head-on,” Chilundika, the losing UPND Nchanga Constituency candidate in the August 2016 elections, stated.
“As UPND, we are not going to entertain any further delay and we demand that they conclude their negotiations not later than Friday 3rd February 2017 or face serious demonstrations by members of the community.
He stated that a meaningful salary increment, backdated to 1st January 2017, should be awarded.
Chilundika demanded that all contractors be paid their dues in full in order for them to revamp their businesses and pay their employees.
“We want to urge our brothers and sisters working for KCM never to accept any increment below what is reasonably good for them. Further, we want to remind the PF government that time for political rhetoric is over and it’s time they helped the miners out of this mess. If KCM management has failed to run the mines, let them pack and go before the situation gets worse,” stated Chilundika.