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Over 3000 workers down tools at Mopani, Konkola Copper Mines

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More than ten contractors who represent more than 3000 workers have so far withdrawn services from Mopani and Konkola Copper Mines on the Copperbelt because of non- payment.

Confirming the development to Phoenix News, Association of Mine Suppliers and Contractors’ president Costa Mwaba said the survival of contractors and suppliers on the Copperbelt has been negatively affected by the challenges that the two mines are facing.

Mwaba said the association is making efforts to try and engage government and mining companies to ensure that the assets are unlocked and allowed to operate freely.

He has however revealed that the association is investing in other operations to fill the gap created by Mopani and KCM by shifting opportunities outside the province to north-western province.

However, when contacted by Phoenix News for a comment, Mopani Public Relations Manager Nebert Mulenga confirmed that a number of contractors had withdrawn labour but are resuming operations following payments that the mining firm has made in the past three weeks.

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