Zambia’s Mine Union Opposes Vale Copper Plan

25 July 2010 (Last Updated July 25th, 2010 18:30)

Zambia's mineworkers union said it opposes Vale's $400m investment plan for the development of a copper mine at Konkola North. Mineworkers Union of Zambia president Rayford Mbulu said the union is concerned about the treatment of workers by Vale, reports Bloomberg. The Konkola Nor

Zambia's mineworkers union said it opposes Vale's $400m investment plan for the development of a copper mine at Konkola North.

Mineworkers Union of Zambia president Rayford Mbulu said the union is concerned about the treatment of workers by Vale, reports Bloomberg.

The Konkola North mine, being developed with African Rainbow Minerals and operated by Vedanta Resources, is scheduled to start production in 2013.

The copper mine's initial output is estimated at 50,000t a year, which will later be expanded to 100,000t.