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.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. any one who runs business knows that when no money coming in,you cant maintain the same workforce,layingoff some workers remains the option but they should be paid full benefits.the union should be realistic and not prayer only.why cant the govt take responsibility of paying half the paycheck and the mines owners can also half.

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    • Alot of Zambians are still living in the UNIP era… no wonder these unions have become irrelevant.

      Go to Canada and Australia and see how jobs are being cut on the mines. Unfortunate workers seem to believe in their clueless government that they will still have a job

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  2. It’s not only mines laying off employees even small business es are folding up and laying off workers. Imagine all these shops closing down everyday and each one employs average of three to five employees. How many are out of employment in these last three months since these dollar rate has affected them. Next you will see businesses at shopping malls closing due to less sales/rentals . It’s bad pa zed at the moment.

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  3. ELO BWACHA! IFINTU NI LUNGU, NA DORA NA RB NA FRANK BWALYA! WHERE ARE THE LOUD PF CADRES NOW? CBU YAPENA! ATI IFINTU NI NONSENSE! INSTEAD OF DOING THIER JOBS THEY ARE BUSY PARADING ATI PRAYER DAY! NOW WHAT?

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  4. So why didn’t these visionless lot stop Zampost from retrenching but hold the mines at gun point not to. As usual, double stands and hypocrisy at play by the poor finishers (pf).

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  5. the strength of the union is their ability to force a work closure as employees refuse to work during negotiations. however, in this case, the work closure is irrelevant as that is what the mines are already looking to do. therefore, the union really has no power in this case… I certainly don’t want to see 4,000 hard working people retrenched but a company cannot just employ people to pay them – unlike government, business must increase revenue or cut expense to continue in business.

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