Kansanshi miners in 25 percent pay rise

Kansanshi Mining Plc has awarded its employees a 25 percent salary increase spread across three years with government reasserting its commitment to maintain an attractive investment climate that would require more investment in the country.

Kansanshi Mining Plc general manager Sean Whittome said Zambia’s largest copper producing company would continue striving to improve the working conditions of its workers because that was the best way of motivating them.

The mining giant has said it was aware that production of copper would only be enhanced if the workers were well remunerated which was a catalyst to industrial harmony.

Kansanshi Mining Plc and the National Union of Miners and Allied Workers have signed a collective agreement that would see the workers have their salaries increased by 25 per cent over the next three years.

Minister of Labour and Social Services Fackson Shamenda has announced that government had no interest in taking over the running of mines but that it would continue guiding mining companies that were planning to undermine and blackmail government.

Shamenda has assured foreign investors that they should not be scared of investing in Zambia because government would not interfere with their investment.

Shamenda who attended the signing ceremony of the collective agreement together with his two deputy ministers Rayford Mbulu and Leonard Chitotela said government was getting concerned with some mining companies that were using blackmail as a means of resolving disagreements.

He however said government would not hesitate to find caretakers for the mining companies that would be found to be acting irresponsibly.

“I would like to assure you that you have no cause to be worried about your investment. Government has no interest of taking over the running of the mines but when you become irresponsible, we shall find caretakers and that does not mean that we would be taking over the the mines. What you have heard about government being harsh on some mining companies is because some investors are acting irresponsibly,” Shamenda said.

He said government was happy with Kansashi Mining Plc because it was the only mining company in Zambia that was paying dividends to the state.

And NUMAW president James Chansa said he was happy that Kansanshi was not going to lay off its workers as a way of reducing labour costs.