Barrick retrench 7304/11/2013
BARRICK Lumwana mining company in Solwezi has laid off 73 workers with immediate effect and many more are likely to go as they have closed the copmany’s exploration.
A letter addressed to one of the workers read in part: “Following the communication sessions held at Lumwana Exploration with regards to the future exploration activities in the Australia Pacific Region, I regretfully inform you that your position with the exploration group in Zambia is no longer required,” the letter signed by Exploration Manager Roger Staley reads.
Further the letter says as a “consequence of this decision, and the unavailability of an alternative position within the organisation, your employment at Lumwana Mining Company will cease effective 31st October, 2013.”
According to the letter of termination dated October 29, 2013 all the workers under the Lumwana Exploration ceased to be employees of the mining company as at 31st October 2013.
It is not clear if Mr. president Michael Sata will also revoke the mining license like he threatened KCM in Kitwe that he would revoke their operations license should one miner lose their jobs under their planned 1500 job cuts.