Government has maintained that it will not be arm twisted by mining firms in the midst of operational challenges that have arisen due to low copper prices on the international market.
Mines Minister Christopher Yaluma says Government will however continue to call for dialogue with all stakeholders in the mining sector.
Mr. Yaluma says if any mining firm decides to close, Government is capable of taking over the mine to avoid work stoppages and the cost of resuscitating the mine if left inactive.
He however said government would manage to run the mine on a temporal basis as it waits to attract new investors to take over the mine.
Mr. Yaluma was speaking during Sunday interview on ZNBC TV.
And Mr. Yaluma says retrenchment of any workers in the mines should be justified adding that government will not dictate but ensure that its negotiates with the mining houses on their decisions.
He added that the mines in the country are still operational though at a low scale due to the low copper prices.
Mr Yaluma said only Luanshya Copper mine has been placed under care and maintenance.