Unions in the mining sector have urged government to stand firm and not back down on the new taxes in the mining sector.
The Mine Workers Union of Zambia says mining companies that do not want to pay the new taxes must go to countries where they will not pay taxes.
MUZ President Joseph Chewe says no country in the world can allow mining companies to operate without paying taxes.
He says copper prices at the moment are favorable for mining companies to sustain their operations.
And the Association of Mine Suppliers and Contractors says the mines’ agenda to undermine the will of Zambians on its resources is unjustifiable and will not be tolerated.
Association President Augustine Mubanga says Zambians will not sit back and watch its resources being mutilated because every mining company has an obligation to pay taxes.
The two were speaking at a joint media briefing in Kitwe this morning.
They were reacting to reports by First Quantum Minerals and Konkola Copper mines who have indicated that they want to down size the workforce and halt operations as a result of the newly introduced taxes by government in the 2019 national budget.