Vedanta says it stands ready to collaborate with the labour movement in Zambia as they promote the interests of the workers in the mining sector.

Vedanta Zambia Corporate Communications Director Masuzyo Ndhlovu reiterated that it is committed to working with the Mine Workers Union of Zambia, National Union of Miners, Allied Workers and the United Mine Workers Union of Zambia for the betterment of the sector.

Mr. Ndlovu emphasized the company’s commitment to the development of the mines and to increasing production capacity in order to realize Zambia’s vision target of three million metric tones per annum of copper, a target set by the government.

“Upon Vedanta’s return to the management of KCM Board, the company will, together with all relevant stakeholders, work towards drawing up a framework of cooperation and sustainable engagement for KCM’s future Corporate Social Responsibility programmes,” he said.

He revealed that Vedanta plans to offer the workers at Konkola Copper Mine a 20 per cent salary increment across the board and a one-off payment of K2, 500 within three months of its return.

“It is the intention of Vedanta to ensure that Zambian small businesses are prioritized in its supply chain and that KCM will put in place a procurement programme aimed at providing support and medium-term contracts,” he said

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