BARRICK Lumwana management on Monday reinstated 24 out the 71 employees that were last week dismissed in connection with the pornographic film detected in the company computers.
The workers were reinstated following an appeal against the management harsh decision to dismiss them.
National Union of Miners and Allied Workers (NUMAW) president James Chansa and Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) general secretary Joseph Chewe confirmed the reinstatement of the 24 workers in separate interviews yesterday.
Mr Chansa who on Monday travelled physically to Lumwana with the view to engaging management over the plight of the dismissed workers said Barrick Lumwana management brought back 24 workers who were among those that contested their dismissal.
“As at 16:00 hours yesterday, we managed to bring back 24 workers who appealed against their dismissal,” Mr Chansa said.
He said 50 appeal cases had so far been head by management out of which 24 workers were reinstated and 26 rejected.
Mr Chansa who said the union was yet to hear results of other appeal cases expected to take place soon was happy with management considerate decision to bring back some of the workers.
“This is a good move by management to reinstate some of the workers especially that it was done after we pleaded with them to consider treating the affected employees as people with families to look after,” Mr Chansa said.
He said he watched the pornographic film which involved a three-year-old boy and a girl aged 10 and this made the union to understand management decision to dismiss the workers.
“We are hopeful that at the end of the day a good number of the affected workers will be brought back although it may not be everyone and so my appeal to mineworkers is that this should serve as a lesson,” he said.
And Mr Chewe appealed to Lumwana management to consider pardoning all the involved workers saying the best remedy for now was to put in place measures that would prevent such unwanted material from finding their way into company computers.
Seventy-one Barrick Lumwana employees consisting 31 in senior staff and 40 in junior staff were dismissed last week on Thursday after they were identified to have been watching pornographic film on company computers.