Over 200 Miners to lose jobs

Over 200 workers at Kascco Ltd a company engaged by Barrick Lumwana in North Western Province are expected to lose their jobs after the company terminated their contracts in what is believed to be a cost saving measures by the company.

The affected employees who have been issued with termination letters will stop work at the end of July 2013.

According to the Times of Zambia, the affected workers and Mine Workers Union of Zambia Secretary General Joseph Chewe confirmed the development in Kitwe on Friday.

The paper further reports that Company Project Manager, Mohamed Sameer signed the termination letters on July 4, 2013 but gave no reasons for the decision.

But one of the affected worker Kelvin Kabaso said he and other his other colleagues had contracts running up to 2014 while a few had their contracts running up to November 2013.

Kabaso said he had worked for the company for the last 2 and half years. He said he had establised that their end of contract was a result of Lumwana Mine decision not to award the company a new contract.

And Chewe from MUZ confirmed receiving the report but was yet to consult management over the matter.