Konkola Copper Mines Plc (KCM) has refuted media claims that the mining firm has placed six hundred workers on forced leave without clearly indicating when they will return for work.
KCM Director for Strategy and Business Development, Brandapan Gnanasivam, has told QFM News that the mining firm has no intentions of laying off workers.
He adds that the mining company has also no plans of employing more workers at the moment because of the falling copper prices.
Mr. Gnanasivam explains that the mining giant cannot frustrate government’s efforts in promoting employment by condemning people to poverty by way of offloading them onto the streets.
He adds that Konkola Copper Mines remains committed to be among the major employers in the country in order to help government in alleviating poverty in the country.
Mr. Gnanasivam has also assured that that once the copper prices on the international market stabilize; KCM may consider employing more workers.