MINING companies should find other cost-cutting measures that can help sustain operations instead of resorting to laying-off workers, says Zambia Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) secretary general Cosmas Mukuka has said.
And Mr Mukuka has suggested that Government should consider reviewing investment agreement with the mines in order to come up with strict measures on labour matters.
In a letter to labour minister Fackson Shamenda, ZCTU appealed to Government to urgently intervene on the current and looming job losses in the mining sector.
“We are concerned because these job losses are happening in a sensitive industry, posing a serious threat to the country’s economic development,” Mr Mukuka said.
He said that the welfare of the affected workers and those threatened with job losses was being negatively affected and was affecting productivity.
He said said Mr Shamenda must urgently intervene in the matter by ensuring that those currently shedding off labour and those intending to do so, engaged the ministry of labour to ensure the due process of law was followed.
“We are also wondering whether the job losses that are being affected due to the current load shedding will win back their jobs once normal power supply is restored,” he said. Mr Mukuka said it was also important to engage the mining companies because some were using power supply as an excuse for low production but, in essence, may be facing other operational challenges.
“We are of the strong view that with genuine consultation, mining companies could find other cost-cutting measures that can help sustain operations instead of laying-off workers.,
“ We trust that your office will seriously intervene in this matter and help normalize the situation,” Mr Mukuka said.