UNIONISED workers at Non-Ferrous Mining Company of Africa (NFCA) yesterday staged a work stoppage to demand increased salaries and improved conditions of services.
The workers told the Times reporter who was barred by NFCA management from accessing the plant premises that they were demanding increased salaries and improved conditions of service before they could resume work.
The workers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they wanted management to increase their salaries and ensure that their conditions of service were comparable to mines like Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) and others.
“We are protesting because we want our salaries to be increased. The lowest paid worker here gets K430,000 per month, but when you go to companies like MCM, they get better salaries, hence we want things to improve before we resume work,” said some workers who included security personnel.
Police kept vigil at the company while workers protested inside the plant and about 17:14 hours, police in full riot gear escorted a bus full of Chinese nationals out of the plant.
Following the protest, some workers who live in Kitwe were almost stranded as they had no transport to take them home.
Efforts to get Mineworkers Union of Zambia officials failed as their mobile phones went unanswered.