About 600 direct employees of Mopani Copper Mines at Mindola North and Central shafts will be laid off following Mopani’s announcement to close the two shafts.
Announcing the development at a combined media briefing in Kitwe today, Mine Workers Union of Zambia President Joseph Chewe said Mopani Copper Mines has informed the three unions in the mining sector and government of its plan to shut down its two mine shafts citing high operation costs.
Mr. Chewe said the closure of the two shafts will affect over 1500 contractors and us saddened that retrenchment in the mining sector have become the order of the day
He noted that Mopani has indicated to the unions that the closure of the two shafts will be done in phases from June to October 2019.
And Mr. Chewe is disappointed that from the time Mopani took over operations of the mines on the Copperbelt in 2003, the company has laid off thousands of workers through voluntary separation and retrenchment.
At the same briefing, National Union of Miners and Allied Workers (NUMAW) president James Chansa said the unions will not be part of Mopani Copper Mine’s decision to lay off workers adding that investment at the expense of workers is not good as it will disadvantage Zambians working in the mines.