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Glencore, Vedanta Face Up to 50% Pay-Raise Demand in Zambia

Employees at mines in Zambia, Africa’s biggest copper producer, are demanding pay increases of as much as 50 percent for 2013, the nation’s biggest mineworkers’ union said.

Talks with companies began in October and are set to conclude by the end of the year, when the current wage agreement expires, Mineworkers Union of Zambia President Chishimba Nkole said in a Nov. 23 interview. The talks affect Glencore International Plc, which owns the Mopani copper mine, Vedanta Resources Plc’s Konkola Copper Mines unit, and Jinchuan Group’s Chibuluma mine, he said.