Sacked Chambeshi Smelter Copper Mine workers will not be protected because they did not follow procedure in airing their grievances.
Copperbelt Permanent Secretary, Jennifer Musonda said the workers at Chambeshi Smelter should blame themselves for the action taken by management to dismiss them.
Mrs. Musonda said the government will not protect unruly behaviour by workers especially where they over look dialogue and grievance procedures.
She told ZNBC news that the behaviour of the workers was uncalled for in a country which is in a hurry to develop.
Mrs. Musonda said it was wrong for the workers to resort to violence when management was ready to meet with their union leaders.
The Permanent Secretary said the workers might have genuine complaints but the course of action, they took was counter productive and should not be supported.
She said police will remain at the plant to provide security while the Chinese nationals continue with construction work at the plant.
Chambeshi Copper Smelter dismissed all the 500 unionised employees who went on strike recently over poor conditions of service.
The Zambian workers also fought with their Chinese workmates.