The Mine Workers Union of Zambia (MUZ) and the National Union of Miners (NUMAW) have revealed that Barrick Gold, the owners of Lumwana Mine intends to fire 139 miners at its Solwezi plant.
MUZ General Secretary Joseph Chewe has told Journalists in Kitwe that these are part of planned efforts by Barrick Gold giant to downsize its labour force.
Mr Chewe said the 139 are part of a group of miners who recently protested over the heavy presence of Police officers deployed at the plant for two months now.
He said the 139 miners have since been slapped with trumped up disciplinary charges and are expected to appear before a disciplinary team on Monday.
The Union leader said Barrick Gold is not being sincere saying the mining firm wants to lay off workers using fake charges.
Mr. Chewe charged that Barrick Gold can no longer be trusted and challenged management to clearly state its position on its future in Zambia.
He has also challenged Government to intervene in issues surrounding Barrick Gold before the situation worsens.
And National Union of Miners National Secretary Steven Mukupa added that the situation at the mine is now tense.
Mr Mukupa warned Barrick Gold against dismissing the affected miners saying the mining firm should give dialogue a chance.