• Short Summary

    A WILDCAT STRIKE BY AFRICAN WORKERS HAS VIRTUALLY PARALYSED ALL COPPER MINES IN ZAMBIA, THE MAINSTAY OF HER ECONOMY.

  • Description

    A WILDCAT STRIKE BY AFRICAN WORKERS HAS VIRTUALLY PARALYSED ALL COPPER MINES IN ZAMBIA, THE MAINSTAY OF HER ECONOMY. THE MINERS ARE PROTESTING AGAINST THE ALLEGED DISPARITY IN WAGES PAID TO EUROPEAN AND AFRICAN WORKERS. MEANWHILE, WORK IS GOING AHEAD DEVELOPING A NEW MINE WHICH WILL PROVIDE EMPLOYMENT FOR ABOUT 450 PEOPLE.

    THE STRIKE INVOLVES MORE THEN 20,000 MINERS. IT SPREAD TO ALL MINES TODAY (MONDAY) DESPITE APPEALS BY UNION LEADERS FOR THE MEN TO GO BACK TO WORK. THE COST TO THE MINING COMPANIES, THE ANGLO-AMERICAN CORPORATION AND ROAN SELECTION TRUST, IS ESTIMATED AT GBP750,000 A DAY. MEANWHILE, THE GOVERNMENT IS TO SET UP A COMMISSION OF INQUIRY TO LOOK GOVERNMENT IS TO SET UP A COMMISSION OF INQUIRY TO LOOK INTO CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THE AFRICAN WORKERS.

    WHILE THE MINES LIE IDLE, WORK IS GOING AHEAD ON DEVELOPING A NEW MINE. GEOLOGISTS ARE BUSY SINKING SHAFTS TO FIND A SUITABLE DRILLING SIT FOR THE MAIN SHAFT. TESTS SO FAR INDICATE A GOOD QUALITY GRADE OF ORE.

    THE MINE IS BEING DEVELOPED AT A COST OF MORE THEN GBP5 MILLION BY THE ANGLO-AMERICAN CORPORATION. IT HOPES TO REACH PRODUCTION WITHIN TWO YEARS. IT WILL YIELD AN ESTIMATED 32,000 TONS OF COPPER A YEAR, ABOUT ONE-TWENTIETH OF ZAMBIA'S CURRENT PRODUCTION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAACI5W2TIMI42EHPOF7C5ZVQ42
    Media URN:
    VLVAACI5W2TIMI42EHPOF7C5ZVQ42
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/04/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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