THE Mine workers Union of Zambia says Chambishi Metals has put 351 workers on paid leave because the company has not recieved feed stock from Congo Dr.
MUZ said Chambishi Metals has therefore suspended operations.
During a press breifing at Katilungu house in Kitwe on Wednesday, MUZ president Joseph Chewe said the union has been made aware that out of the 550 employees of the mine, 351 have been sent on leave.
Chewe said the non-availability of copper concentrates was what prompted the company to halt operations.
Chewe said the union was concerned with the company’s decision to close down operations as many workers would have nowhere to work.
He said in a latter to the Labour commissioner Chimbishi Metals has indicated safety and security as the major reasons for reducing workers at the company.
Chewe said the company has indicated that all workers who have been put in leave will be on full pay until other decisions are made.
He said the union’s interest was to see that the workers’ jobs were guaranteed and that there was no loss of jobs.
Chewe appealed to the government to intervane and engage the company on the matter as many workers risk losing their jobs.
Chewe said the government should also find out what would happen to Chambishi Metals, the only company that produces cobolt in the country.
He said the country could not afford to have the facility closed as it was an important asset.