Musukwa said the dismissals will have to wait until ongoing mine audits are concluded.
He said government has so far carried out mine audits at three mines in North Western Province and preliminary results show no need to retrench workers.
He said following an outcry from the mine owners to cut jobs, government has constituted teams that are already on the ground to establish claims of affected operations in view of new mine taxes.
“The last seven days, government has been conducting an audit in the mining houses, starting with North western in view of the retrenchments that were announced. These are issues that have to do with both human capital and technical issues relating to mining operations mirrored with new mining tax,” he said.
“In the spirit of this dialogue which government and stakeholders are conducting. It is only prudent that the notices which mining houses gave to our workers and ministry of labour in terms of retrenchment are null and void, the notices are supposed to be 60 days, so within this 60 days the law provides that there ought to be a discussion looking at the justification of the retrenchment process.”
Meanwhile, Mineworkers Union of Zambia President Joseph Chewe said two mines Kansanshi and Lumwana in North Western Provinces have withdrawn retrenchment notices issued to workers in the mines.
Earlier Kansanshi and Lumwana mines indicated that they will retrench 2,500 workers due to the revised 2019 taxation regime in the sector.