Mines Minister Christopher Yaluma says the move is not justifiable as KCM has not engaged government about their move.
Mr. Yaluma told ZNBC in Lusaka that government will ensure that jobs in the mining sector are protected.
He says government is ready to talk, analyze and review the performance of the mines to find an amicable solution.
Mr. Yaluma says government appreciates the problems faced by the mining sector but it will not accept unilateral decisions by the mines to lay off workers.
He says he will immediately engage the mines, Ministries of Finance, and Labour to help resolve the problems faced by the sector.