KCM under pressure over planned layoffs

MINEWORKERS officials from three KCM integrated business units yesterday staged a solidarity march in Kitwe to encourage the government and the three unions not to allow KCM to retrench employees.

And Charles Milupi says KCM is backtracking on its earlier assurance that it could still make profits with copper prices at a low of US$3,300 per tonne.

Meanwhile, labour minister Fackson Shamenda yesterday said mineworkers’ unions and the government would today negotiate with Konkola Copper Mines management to halt the impending retrenchment of 2,000 permanent employees.

Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) has informed the government and the mineworkers’ unions of its intention to retrench 2,000 workers out of a workforce of about 8,263.