KONKOLA Copper Mines plc has today agreed to halt its outsourcing programme after a tripartite meeting involving the two national mineworkers unions convened by the Government at the company’s Corporate Head Office in Chingola.
KCM has also offered to re-advertise the post of Vice-President Human Resources in the Zambian media in an effort to identify a suitably qualified local person after previously considering taking on an expatriate when the incumbent retires at the end of the year.
Hiring an expatriate was considered a short-term measure, allowing a number of possible candidates within the company to gain the necessary experience for the top HR post at Zambia’s largest private sector employer.
Both decisions were taken in the interest of industrial harmony and to allow more time for KCM to foster an understanding of the benefits of its outsourcing plans amongst employees as well as the Government.
KCM is pleased that as a result of the outcome of the meeting, the two national unions, the Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) and the National Union of Mineworkers and Allied Unions (NUMAW) have agreed to call off the planned demonstrations set for August 28, 2010.
[KCM Press statement]