Negotiations between Mopani Copper Mines-MCM- and mine unions over the impending retrenchment of over 4000 workers at the mine have not yielded any positive results.
Both Mine Workers Unions of Zambia General Secretary Joseph Chewe and National Union of Miners and Allied Workers-NUMAW President James Chansa have confirmed the development in separate interviews in Kitwe .
Mr. Chewe has since called on Mopani to abandon any plans of laying-off workers as it will not be accepted by the labour movement.
And Mr. Chansa says negotiations over job cuts at Mopani still remain unresolved.
He says this is because both parties have two distinct positions, with Mopani positioning itself to go ahead with the retrenchments, while the unions are rejecting any job losses at the mining firm.
And Both Mr. Chewe and Mr. Chansa told ZNBC News that President Lungu ‘s bold stance on operations of some mining houses will positively change the outlook of the mining sector.
Meanwhile, Association of Mine Suppliers and Contractors President Augustine Mubanga said stakeholders in the sector are happy that the head of state has shown determination to protect Zambians and the country’s mineral wealth.
On Saturday, President Lungu warned that the country can not allow itself to have investors who are only in the country in good times but want to withdraw their investments in bad times.