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LUSAKA (Reuters) – Zambia’s Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) said on Monday it had resumed full production in its Nkana business unit after shutting down some operations as a precaution following a labour protest.

In a statement a KCM spokesman said the unit’s operations, located about 350 km (219 miles) north of Lusaka, have now resumed and production is normal. The spokesman added that 12 workers had been fired as a result of the protest on Monday.

KCM, majority-owned by London-listed Vedanta Resources Plc, did not say what impact the one-day shutdown had on production.

It forecast on Monday that it would raise cathode copper output to 250,000 tonnes in the 2008/2009 fiscal year from 150,000 tonnes the previous year.

The labour protest was prompted by reports that union representatives had agreed to a deal that fell short of workers’ wage demands.

Union officials are continuing to brief members on the details of a new collective bargaining agreement that was negotiated last week.