Wednesday, July 24, 2024

100 KCM miners protest against their employers ‘defiance on minimum wage



Over hundred workers employed by Konkola Copper Mines Contracted companies today stormed the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) offices in Kitwe to complain about the company’s defiance on implementing the minimum wage that has been set by government.

And police in full riot gear were on hand to prevent the irate workers from rioting.

The workers appealed on government to compel their employers to implement the minimum wage to enable them get decent salaries for them to be able to support their families.

And speaking on behalf of the other workers, Stanley Chisenga , said the workers were paid below the stipulated minimum wage.

Mr Chisenga told ZANIS in an interview that the workers were paid as low as K600 when their colleagues on the full time payroll were paid above K3000.

He said the workers were demanding a pay rise to a level where the lowest should be paid at least K2000.

He added that the workers were not provided with safety clothing while on duty which he said was putting their lives at risk.

He said government should not allow workers in the mining sector to be exploited with poor wages when the investors in the sector were making a lot of money from the Zambian mineral resources.

Mr Mulenga also complained that the police tear gassed the workers who were peaceful and did not commit any crime but merely walked to ZNBC studios to air their grievances.

The workers who staged a peaceful protest came from Lengesonda limited, I Sapwe construction Company and Seven Two-Two limited among others.

Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda have on several occasions appealed on employers in the country to implement the recently revised minimum wage.


  1. KCM at it again and like always they will get away with it. Toothless labour laws in Zambia and a scruffy looking somebody behind the implementation!

    • This looks like a case of poor journalism/reporting again. I saw a statement from KCM explaining that these employees work for a contractor companies J Sapwe and Legosonda. l know that KCM pays them contracts fees to take care of minimum wage pay, but contractors decide to pay half. Do you blame KCM or greedy contractors?

  2. Go tell Sata to make sense during Labour Day instead of just waffling like a drunkard.

  3. KCM is unfairly treated all the time because most Zambians are hiding from the the truth, what has the company said in the matter, the Zanis story on Lusaka Times appears to be dramatised indeed because of lazy reporters who report from their desks and not on the spot

  4. I saw police dispersing them, so when did they storm Znbc studios, is there accuracy in this report, lol!

  5. I once worked for KCM and I know it is one of the best payers in Zambia, but its contractors spend money of plush cars and pay peanut butter to workers, shame

  6. Journalists are supposed to decipher fact (truth) from fiction (gossip), but that does not seem to be the case with these chaps. Always trying to sensationalise very straight forward stories.

  7. Ba mwenye are very good at managing a shop full of roofing sheets,pots and spoons not a mine like KCM full of so many departments and workers.KCM has a bad record world wide,when are these people leaving and bring in something better? Our young bros and sis need jobs from big mines.Tired of japati mwe!!.

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