Mopani in process of retrenching 4,300 miners

While the incompetent dunderheads running Zambia are still failing to sort of the closure of Luanshya Copper Mine, it has just emerged that Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) is planning to cut 4,300 jobs due to high production costs.

“We are not agreeable to the job cuts. We are therefore requesting for continued dialogue,” James Chansa, president of Zambia’s National Union for Miners and Allied Workers, told Reuters.

MCM will give Zambia’s government 60 days notice before implementing any job cuts, Chansa said.

MCM officials were not immediately available to comment.

The other mine, Luanshya Copper Mines Plc, was put on care and maintenance for the same reasons of high production costs  due to poor policies of the PF regime. But the PF, typical of their lack of vision, has failed to protect the jobs is just issuing threats to the investors.

For example, the person who speaks for the government Chishimba Kambwili said:

“We have options that we can take as government and one of the options is to suspend their mining license,” he said in an interview on ZNBC. “If they don’t follow the procedure there are options for government to invoke. We shall invoke the provisions of the law and suspend their entire mining operation.”

So how is revoking the licence a solution? Will that give the miners back their jobs? Won’t revoking the licence achieve the same purpose as that of closing the mine?


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