The Mineworkers Union of Zambia has revealed that about 229 workers at Chambishi Metals will be retrenched this month-end following a decision by the company management to put its operations under care and maintenance due to the failure to secure feed stock.
Speaking at a press briefing in Kitwe today MUZ president Joseph Chewe said only 29 workers will be retained during the care and maintenance period describing the pending closure as regrettable despite prolonged negotiations with the Union.
Mr Chewe adds that it is regrettable that the company will be closed as the community depends on the mining firm for its livelihood.
He has since called on government through the Ministry of Mines to consider revoking the mining license and find a capable investor to run the company profitably stating that putting the company on a two-year care and maintenance period is a long time.
He notes that the owners of Chambishi Metals Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) have failed to run the company as it is not the first time they have put it on care and maintenance since it took over operations of the company