And Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) has placed its Nchanga underground mine on care and maintenance, more than 2,500 contract workers will go on forced leave.
MCM is owned by Glencore, which in September this year announced its debt-reduction plan to reduce over US$30 billion net debt by US$10 billion by the end of next year.
Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) president Nkole Chishimba told journalists yesterday that MCM has formally informed affected employees on the matter.
Chishimba said MCM will effect redundancies on November 21 and has urged all affected employees to manage their retrenchment package well.
“Mopani has gone ahead to retrench over 4,000 workers. The workers have been briefed. The redundancies will be effected on 21st of this month. We painfully agreed because there is nothing we could do.
All this is happening just after president Edagr Lungu spent billion of Kwacha by moving state house to Kitwe in what he called ‘saving’ mining jobs. It would even have been better if the billions Lungu and his cooks spent while enjoying themselves in Kitwe was channelled to pay packages to now jobless miners.