Government is investigating the case in which 11 Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) senior managers whose contracts were terminated without giving reasons last month.
Mines Minister Yamfwa Mukanga said in an interview yesterday that Government was concerned with any loss of jobs because its vision was to create more jobs for Zambians.
Mr Mukanga said he would engage the Ministry of Labour and Social Security on the matter and warned mine owners to desist from terminating contracts of locals without issuing valid reasons at the expense of expatriates.
He said he would issue a comprehensive statement next week after concluding the investigations and that he was keen to know how many expatriates were affected.
“Any termination of employment without thorough consultations is not right even if it is one person affected, I have to move in. Government will not accept loss of jobs because we want to create more jobs,” he said.
The minister explained that it was wrong to see locals lose jobs and replaced by expatriates.
“It is wrong to have Zambians replaced by expatriates but I am yet to get the reasons on why KCM terminated contracts and I want to know how many expatriates were affected. I want to know who is taking up the jobs of the managers. After getting the reasons, I will make a serious statement,” he warned.
Last month, KCM dismissed 11 senior managers who were in full time and pensionable employment reportedly in a bid to ‘down size’ their workforce.
The affected workers, however, wondered why it was only Zambian senior members of staff who were affected if the termination of employment was genuinely meant to reduce the labour force.
Chingola District Commissioner George Sichula met KCM management who told him that the affected senior managers were a liability and a cost to the company.
Labour and Social Security Minister Fackson Shamenda urged both local and foreign investors not to deliberately flout labour laws and warned employers to desist from terminating contracts of workers without giving reasons.