Almost all mines will retrench workers, says labour deputy minister

Government has disclosed that most  mining companies have informed government about their intentions to lay off workers due to the genereal bad economy.

And government says it has no intentions of  nationalising mines where the owners want to lay off workers.

Labour and Social Security Deputy Minister Alfridah Kansembe says official notification have been received by her ministry from Mopani Copper Mines, Konkola Copper Mines, Luanshya Copper Mines, Chibuluma Copper Mines and Kalumbila Copper Mines.

Responding to a question from Mpongwe PF Member of Parliament Gabriel Namulambe, who wanted to know if government is aware about the impending job losses in the mining sector, Ms Kansembe says according to a fact finding mission done on the Copperbelt by her ministry, a number of copper mines indicated their intentions to lay off workers.

Ms Kansembe says government has been actively engaging the mining companies and unions to avert the job losses in the mining sector.

She disclosed that government met mine owners through the Chambers of Mines of Zambia to come up with amicable solutions. NOTE: ‘met mines through Chamber of Mines’, a  private association not government department. This is lack of seriousness.  No wonder Jack Mwimbu says most PF leaders especially District Commissioners only have birth records as qualifications. This statement irked Inonge Wina so much that she has being complaining ever since. The reason is because she is equally unschooled, having failed standard 2 in the 1960s. It is no wonder the PF government does not understand the challenges being experienced.

 

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