KONKOLA Copper Mines (KCM) has awarded its unionized employees a 7.5 percent salary increment across the board. However, some union officials are not happy with the deal which they have described as mediocre.
Speaking during the signing of the collective agreement yesterday at Nkana flats, Mine Workers Union of Zambia (MUZ) general secretary Joseph Chewe said the unions are not happy with the increment and hoped that they will be able to clinch a better package next year.
Mr. Chewe said there was no unity amongst union officials from various mine workers’ unions as some of them were pushing for their own agendas not the interest of the workers.
The other unions involved in the negotiations were United Mine Workers Union of Zambia (UMUZ) and National Union of Miners and Allied Workers (NUMAW).
He observed that there was need for the unions to work together if they are to clinch a better deal for their members.
He stated that the union leaders accepted the 7.5 per cent increment to avoid engaging in work stoppages that could have affected the performance of the mining company.
Mr. Chewe however urged miners to work towards improving the production of the mining firm.
He warned that the unions are prepared to go to court if the mining company will give them a similar low package next year.
And UMUZ president Steven Mulenga urged miners to work hard and contribute positively to the development of the mining sector.
Mr. Mulenga said miners have a special role to play in increasing production at the mining company.
And KCM vice president in charge of human capital management David Kaunda said KCM will continue playing a significant role in the
development of the country.
Mr. Kaunda said the unions must work in harmony with management in order to enhance development at the mining firm.