Daily Nation Newspaper - - Kopala News - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

KONKOLA Cop­per Mines (KCM) must be se­ri­ous and demon­strate why they are still in Zam­bia, Mines and Min­er­als De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Richard Musukwa has said.

Mr Musukwa charged that KCM had lamentably failed to run the mine even be­fore the new tax regime was in­tro­duced.

The Min­is­ter said if KCM man­age­ment of­fi­cials were se­ri­ous, they should con­cen­trate on de­vel­op­ing the Konkola Deep Min­ing Pro­ject (KDMP) and the Nchanga Mine to in­crease pro­duc­tion.

He was speak­ing in an in­ter­view in Chililabombwe.

Mr Musukwa said KCM should be the last min­ing com­pany to talk about the new min­ing tax be­cause it had al­ways been a prob­lem even be­fore the tax was in­tro­duced.

“KCM should be the last min­ing com­pany to talk about the newly-pro­posed min­ing tax be­cause even be­fore the tax was in­tro­duced they have al­ways had prob­lems. If any­thing, KCM must be se­ri­ous and demon­strate why they are still around in Zam­bia,’’ he said.

Mean­while, M Musukwa said min­ing com­pa­nies should not use the newly-pro­posed min­ing tax as an ex­cuse to give their work­ers mea­gre salary in­cre­ments dur­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Mr Musukwa said min­ers need de­cent con­di­tions of ser­vices that would mo­ti­vate them to work harder.

He said this af­ter meet­ing mem­bers of man­age­ment, union lead­ers and work­ers of Lubambe Cop­per Mines (LCM) in Chililabombwe.

“For work­ers to be mo­ti­vated to work hard and in­crease pro­duc­tion, they have to be given bet­ter and rea­son­able con­di­tions of ser­vice. So we ex­pect min­ing com­pa­nies to give rea­son­able and ac­cept­able salary in­cre­ments to their work­ers,” he said.

How­ever, Mr Musukwa also ad­vised union lead­ers to make rea­son­able de­mands dur­ing the salary ne­go­ti­a­tions so that to­gether they could achieve a win-win sit­u­a­tion.

Op­er­a­tions at Konkola Cop­per Mines.

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