Konkola Copper Mine(KCM)
Konkola Copper Mine(KCM)

MINE Workers Union of Zambia (MUZ) says it is making consultations on how to handle the manoeuvres being made by Konkola Copper Mine (KCM) to retire all workers that have reached the age of 55.

This is contrary to government’s three tire retirement requirements at 55, 60 and 65 years, respectively.

ZANIS reports that MUZ President Joseph Chewe says the union was aware of KCM’s plans and would issue a comprehensive statement after making consultations with lawyers and other relevant stakeholders.

“We have travelled to Lusaka pursuing the issue and very soon a decision will be made on the matter,’’ Mr. Chewe said.

He urged the workers to remain calm as the union pursues the matter.

Yesterday Nchanga Member of Parliament Chilombo Chali issued a statement where he said that Console Copper Mine had found another way of getting rid of workers by retiring those that are 55 years and above after u-turning on its earlier plan to retrench workers due to the new tax regime.

Fear has of late gripped hundreds of workers at the embattled mining giant’s offices in Chingola, Kitwe, Chililabombwe and Nampundwe following the circulation of information that all workers above the age of 55 would be retired.

And when contacted for a comment, KCM Corporate Affairs Manager Eugene Chungu was not available as his phone went unanswered.

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  1. “This is contrary to government’s three tire retirement requirements at 55, 60 and 65 years, respectively”.Let them retire and their package as 55 is an early retirement age.Mining job is stressing so 55 is ok unless for judges.Pyenimo and leave it to the young ones….In fact most are in their 60s as they faked their years…

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    • Tire is American English for a tyre and also tire is to get tired. The word in question here is TIER.

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    • Foolish Union, even traveled to Lusaka to go discuss it with PFools…
      let them go,, why keep old folks till they get a hatchback, in a country were 96% of the youths have never tested WorkLife?
      are you saying the youth will be getting employed when they attain 55yrs of age?

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    • @ Non-Senior Eng Retard….
      retire (Dictionary result for retire)
      /r??t???/Submit
      verb
      1.
      leave one’s job and cease to work, typically on reaching the normal age for leaving service.
      “he retired from the Navy in 1986”
      synonyms: give up work, stop working, stop work; reach retirement age
      “he retired two years ago”
      2.
      withdraw to or from a particular place.
      “she retired into the bathroom”
      synonyms: go off, withdraw, go away, go out, exit, make an exit, take oneself off, depart, decamp, adjourn, leave for; shut oneself away in, absent oneself; literary betake oneself; formal repair
      “Gillian retired to her own office”

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    • @ Non-Senior Eng Retard…
      In Britain and many other Commonwealth nations, the word tyre is a noun, it’s the word we use for the outer rubber part of a vehicle wheel. For example, a bicycle tyre, or a car tyre. In the USA the word tyre is spelt tire.

      Here are a couple of examples of British English usage:
      Since the onset of her illness, she tires very easily.
      I find that I tire quite easily these days.
      The car tyres need to be replaced.
      The bicycle tyre has a puncture.

      In American English, all of the sentences above would use the spelling “tire”.

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    • @1.2. Completely missed the point. It is three TIER retirement and not three TIRE retirement.

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    • @1.2. Tier: One of several levels in an organisation or stystem. In this case the pension system has three levels (tiers) of retirement i.e. at 55, 60 and 65 years. You have referred to me as retarded when it is very clear that the word in the context it has been used is wrong and I will leave it to others to judge as to who is retarded. I have a Cambridge Certificate in English not Examination Council of Zambia certificate.

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  2. This is ok. Why would a normal person want to work beyond 55? Sure, what is it that you would want to achieve at 60 or 65 when you failed to work within the many years you had? The union should be ashamed of themselves and take a few seats, relax. This is the more reason we have dependency syndrome. Plan early in your career and retire early so that you still have energy to run your business not this crap of having old people in work places.

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  3. Your body needs to rest ad you are busy forcing it to work. there is a reason you have to retire at 55. when do you even enjoy your money? The old folks are the ones busy frustrating young ones in the work place so that they are seen to be working not knowing that they are actually frustrating the company’s efforts.

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  4. Statistics have shown that people who force themselves to work after retirement say and want to be on contracts are in what is termed “mid life crisis”. They are in a crisis in now want to cling on to work but this cant go on forever. even if you gave them up to 80 or 90 years, they would still want to work until their last breath. Go and rest and leave jobs for the young ones. Busy saying there is unemployment in the country not knowing that its those in mid life crisis who failed to plan earlier that are clinging on to jobs.

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  5. Please goooooooooooooooo the same way you failed to plan for your lives is exactly how you will bring down companies and organisations. If you are needed for consultancy purposes, you will be called. For now, no compromise. Mining firms, please offload these unproductive people. Spend time with your grand children and enjoy the remainder of your time on this beautiful earth. KCM, don’t even think otherwise, proceed and no arm twisting just like you failed to arm twist government over taxes. 50/50 is way to go. Napita mukwai.

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    • I recall how my grandfather rejoiced at being given retirement notice by NCCM, Nchanga Division. By the time the six months notice was up he had already built house in the village, bought nets, a canoe and arranged school places for us there. So I don’t see what further achievements these over aged people want which they didn’t in the last 40 years. Move over and let your children take over.

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  6. Lets learn to retire early please. At 55 years and above someone is still crying for a job?! Joseph Chewe can you channel your efforts in securing jobs for young people not madalas.

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    • If one is not ready at the age 50 years then he will never be ready even after death. It’s good to look to early retirement instead of blocking young people from getting jobs. No wonder there’s massive unemployment because of these old crocks clinging onto jobs forever.

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  7. Awe ba union retirement age in the mines is still 55 years. Those above this and are working are just on contract. The contract can be renewed if the company thinks the employee can give exceptional services. It can also be terminated on many grounds such as indiscipline on the part of the employee, or the employee is constantly sick. This one you have misfired. The 65 year was introduced by many governments in the world solely for the purpose of deconjesting the long queues of people waiting to be paid their pensions. It’s not only Zambia even countries like France were affected.

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  8. USELESS UNIONS YOU SHOULD ENCOURAGE THE WORKERS TO RETIRE EARLY THAN TO BE ON THEIR DEFENSE. FOR ONCE PLEASE DO A SENSIBLE THING!

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  9. Way to go KCM, retire them all. 55 years pipo want to cling to jobs and yet same people complaining of their unemployed children. Leave room for your children to get those jobs once situation is stable

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  10. 55 is a way too high. Retire everyone who is 50 and over. Most of the guys resisting retirement been on booze and entertaining hookers and have nothing to show for, for the 25 years they have been working. Way to go KCM just lower the retirement age to 50 and voetsak these madalas who want to be the robert mugabes of the workplace.

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    • At Barrick Lumwana, we have quite a number of them. Most of these are those who are too playful. They have nothing to offer. KCM please lead the way so that others may follow. I fully support this to the core. You have our blessings. What is it that you will do after 55 that you failed to achieve earlier. You were busy playing around forgetting that time will catch up now you are in mid life crisis as someone has mentioned earlier.Rubish.

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  11. Foolish Union, even traveled to Lusaka to go discuss it with PFools…
    let them go,, why keep old folks till they get a hatchback, in a country were 96% of the youths have never tested WorkLife?
    are you saying the youth will be getting employed when they attain 55yrs of age?

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  12. Very retrogressive union. Instead of protecting young people, you protect dinasourses. No wonder even 50 year-olds in this country continue being called youths.

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  13. Foolish Union, even traveled to Lusaka to go discuss it with PFools…
    let them go,, why keep old folks till they get a hatchback, in a country were 96% of the youths have never tested WorkLife?
    are you saying the youth will be getting employed when they attain 55yrs of age?

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    • Probably the Union chairman is himself over 55 years old. Technically he’s still a mine employee with a chance to get back his job if and when his tenure at the MUZ ceases. So his complaint maybe personal.

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  14. Going by the numerous thumbs down one can easily assume that there are too many of these morons blocking the young generation from what’s rightly theirs.

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  15. One more thing people must note is that these fiftyfivers don’t pay NAPSA which means government is losing out.

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  16. Fight for salary increment and not 55 years,what a disgrace by the Union,why not talk about the salary increment especially for those mines which as not yet increased salaries for their emplyees.For the union stop fighting a loosing battle,that case of retirement age of 55 is ok in the mines, let the guys leave space for the young ones.The ruling from High court was that those employees who joined before 14th August 2015 early retirement is at 50 and normal at 55 and for those who joined on and after 14th August 2015, early retirement is at 55 and normal 60 period.why going again to court by the union,iwe chewe na Chishimba go for salary negotiations inshita naipwa alaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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