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Luanshya Mine to Keep 1 600 jobs after closed door meeting with President Lungu

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President Lungu during a meeting with the owners of Luanshya Mine at NFC Africa mining Plc in Chambishi on Monday, November 2,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA

PRESIDENT Lungu’s intervention has secured the jobs of 1,600 miners at China Non-Ferrous Metal Mining Corporation Luanshya Copper Mines (CLM). The miners are on forced leave.

The decision to keep the miners in employment was made during a closed-door meeting which President Lungu held with CLM management at Non-Ferrous Mining Corporation Africa (NFCA) Chambishi mine also attended by Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming.

President Lungu has also said Government will not allow Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) to retrench 4,000 workers.

Speaking when he addressed journalists in Mufulira yesterday, the President said it has been agreed with CLM management that all the 1,600 miners will remain on the payroll as the mining firm continues to reorganise itself.

“I am happy to announce that I had a successful meeting with management of Luanshya Copper Mines where we have agreed to keep the jobs of all the 1,600 miners. I have made my position clear that I will not allow any job losses in the mining industry. Management and the mineworkers union leaders will tomorrow (today) have a meeting to look at issues that could help to make the mine to continue being productive,” Mr Lungu said.

President Lungu said Government values CLM’s investment and it would want the mining company to continue operating even in these challenging times.

The President also emphasised the need for skills transfer from Chinese experts to Zambians so that local people can acquire the necessary expertise to manage the mine.
He said Government is open in engaging managements of mining companies in finding solutions to the challenges that the mining sector is facing.

CLM chief executive officer Chu Wang said management will adhere to the agreement with President Lungu to sustain the 1,600 jobs at Baluba mine.

He, however, said the massive load shedding and a slump in copper prices on the international market have adversely affected the mining company’s revenue base.

And speaking when he addressed a rally at Shinde Stadium in Mufulira yesterday, President Lungu also said Government will not allow MCM to retrench 4,000 workers.

He said Government is capable of securing other investors if MCM indicates that it has failed to run the mine

“I will not allow Mopani to retrench 4,000 workers because when copper prices are okay, Mopani does not increase salaries for Zambian workers.

“I would like to state that if they have failed to run the mines, they should tell us so that we can find other investors,” President Lungu said.

And Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Chishimba Kambwili advised Mufulira residents not to be misled by some opposition leaders who are blaming President Lungu for the power deficit and the depreciation of the Kwacha.

“I want to caution you not to allow anyone to come and mislead you that President Lungu is the one who has caused load shedding and the depreciation of the Kwacha.

“Load shedding has been caused by the poor rainfall that the country experienced last year while the depreciation of the Kwacha is as a result of the fall of copper prices on the international market,” Mr Lungu said.

President Lungu was still in a closed-door meeting with MCM management by press time.

9 COMMENTS

    • Chils
      The jobs were never lost in the first place. Miners were still on payroll and getting k900 per month, so there's nothing Lungu has resolved here ZNBC, Daily Mail, Daily Nation, Times of Zambia, please make this clear to the poor misled Zambian public before they get the wrong idea that Lungu has achieved something big here!!!!
  1. Truth teller
    The person most in need of "skills transfer" to manage the mines is this Lungu himself! How much are these workers going to be paid? K900 of our worthless currency per month?
  2. The Mentalist
    Mr President, thanks but I have a problem with your approach if it is just to buy votes and these people find themselves without a job again, then God will whip you big time. I hope it is done once and for all.
  3. just thinking
    excellent! So thrilled these jobs have been saved. Of course - a "closed door" meeting means private terms have been agreed upon that likely highly benefit the mine and make it very lucrative for them to continue business as usual. Load shedding and Kwacha devaluation is not a political issue. Load shedding and Kwacha devaluations is not a political issue. Load shedding and Kwacha devaluation is not a political issue... see, if you say it long enough, people will believe it!
    • Chils
      There is nothing that will change. The miners were never fired. Currently the miners still have their jobs but staying at home and are getting K900,000. Lungu - do not try and excite people to think you have solved something big here. Nothing has changed I wish the newspapers or TV's would clarify this for the Poor Misled Zambian Public
  4. ben
    Brothers and sisters in the pf goverment jst admit that u are failure becoz yo boss lungu has no vision to run the country he thought this country it's a kantemba. Lets wait and see if they will be no loses of jobs in the mines u have not solve any thing becoz loadsheding will continue and the kwacha will continue losing the value
  5. Benbrezza
    On this one, let's appreciate the president well done. This is our country not theirs and losing job this time is just like committing sucide.
    • Chils
      Wrong again!!! You people are so misled. Miners never lost their jobs. Their pay was just cut to k900 per month, so nothing solved here!!!!

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