ZCTU commends government’s for blocking KCM plans to lay-off a quarter of their staff

The Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has commended government for blocking Konkola Copper Mines’ (KCM) plans to dismiss 2000 workers in the Copperbelt.
KCM last week announced its intention to lay off 2,000 from its current 8,263 workforce citing falling copper prices in the last one year and macroeconomic trends suggesting that the commodity will remain depressed.
Government has since opposed the decision and engaged the mining company over the matter.
In a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today, ZCTU Secretary General Roy Mwaba says it was unacceptable for KCM to retrench 2000 workers when government is working hard to create jobs for Zambians.
Mr Mwaba said the union is happy that government has acted quickly to block the mining company’s plans because the move would throw thousands of families into poverty and misery.
Mr Mwaba said ZCTU was comforted by government’s stance that no miner would lose employment at the mine.