Operations at Lumwana Mine in Solwezi have returned to normal after three days of protests by unionized workers.
Meanwhile, Senior Managers at Lumwana Mine were yesterday forced to spend a night in their offices after the irate workers locked them up in a bid to pressurize them to dismiss the Human Resource Manager Felix Sinyenga for allegedly being compromised.
ZANIS reports that the unionized workers protested for three-days demanding among other things an explanation from the management on its earlier intentions to suspend operations at the mine effective next month following government decision to introduce new mining tax regimes.
The workers also demanded that the mining firm should resume the suspended conditions of service negotiations.
The workers also blocked the road leading to the general offices where the Senior Managers were held and demanded government officials to address them.
The action came in the wake of management failure to fire the Human Resource Manager Felix Sinyenga from his position whom workers accuse of being compromised.
North Western province Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga said the volatile situation could have been averted if management had looked at the interest of the company when dealing with the issue.
And Lumwana Mine general manager Billy MCNEVIN said the protests were unfortunate and the mine would investigate the concerns raised by the workers to avoid a similar situation occurring in the future.