The Mine Workers Union of Zambia (MUZ) and the National Union for Miners and Allied Workers (NUMAW) have declared a dispute with Konkola Coppers Mines (KCM) after the Mining Company offered a three percent salary increment to unionized workers.
Speaking at a joint Press briefing held at Katilungu House in Kitwe today MUZ President Rayford Mbulu said the two Mine Unions have failed to agree with KCM hence have decided to declare a dispute.
Mr. Mbulu said the Unions were looking for a twenty five percent salary increment following a boom in the price of Copper and other Metals but KCM has insisted on three percent which they described as a mockery.
He said the Unions were extremely worried with the rate at which the negotiations were going and expressed dismay that KCM could offer a three percent salary increment at a time when business was booming.
Mr. Mbula added that it was unfortunate that the Company which was just recovering from the industrial unrest could refuse to offer its workers a reasonable pay rise.
He further said that the Mining Company had failed to invest in the rehabilitation and procurement of new equipment and wondered how the Zambian people were going to benefit from the company if it was offering peanuts to its employees.
Mr. Mbulu said MUZ was going to follow and comply with all the conditions attached to the declaration of a dispute in the Industrial Act.
He appealed to workers at KCM to remain calm and continue with there normal duties as the Union embarked on this process.