About 80 employees have lost their jobs at Lafarge Cement.
Affected workers were given letters of retrenchment starting from yesterday, Thursday 18, Feb 2016.
Lafarge Corporate Affairs Director Eugene Chungu confirmed the retrenchments.
In response to a query sent by ZWD on whether some workers have been laid off, Chungu said ‘yes it is true we have carried out a headcount adjustment that has resulted in a reduction of permanent positions’.
He explained that Lafarge Zambia is the leading supplier of construction materials and solutions in Zambia and in the DRC. ‘It operates,’ he said, ‘in an environment characterized by steeply rising costs and negative currency effects. In order to continue to compete effectively, we had to take the decision to reduce our headcount by approximately 82 permanent positions. A Voluntary separation package is included in the measures taken to reduce the number of forced exits’.
Chungu said Lafarge has also put in place initiatives to ensure that affected employees receive adequate support, ‘and is committed to supporting job creations through industrial parks and additional partnerships in Chilanga and Ndola.’
‘I would also like to highlight that over 300 direct jobs have been created since 2008 following the commissioning of the Chilanga Plant, and that Lafarge Zambia continues to focus on new expansion projects at both Ndola and Chilanga plants,’ Chungu said.