Economy

Govt. Vetoes Miners’ Redundancy Letters

Minister of Mines and Mineral Development Richard Musukwa has declared as null and void redundancy notices sent out to employees by some mining companies downsizing in the wake of revised taxation.

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Mineworkers Union of Zambia President Joseph Chewe said two mines Kansanshi and Lumwana in North Western Provinces have withdrawn retrenchment notices issued to workers in the mines.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.

17 Comments

  1. Biloko

    Government audit is not dialogue please tell the truth for a change. The owner of a company has the right to choose the no of employees they wish to keep.Their objective is to make money. If government feels they can run these companies better with more workers let them find money and buy the investors out and prove they can runs the mines better.

    • Lawrence C. Hanschar

      And you would choose to leave families without food? Lol

    • Manners

      nonces fool. You really an idiot and am sure if you don’t have anything to comment better keep quiet

    • Hunter Shilesa

      You are logically right.

  2. Ralph Garda

    Government is now effectively managing private enterprises… how has Zambia sleepwalked into this communist authoritarianism!?!?

  3. Clare Wealden

    Yikes! The message is loud and clear: don’t invest in or lend money to Zambia because the government will interfere and turn your investment into a social welfare scheme that’s doomed to fail.

  4. Chisembele

    Imwe ba Musukwa stop giving lip service, you don’t own the mines, dialogue here is needed

  5. Jackson

    It is the pit that we have to talk about 2500 people who may lose employment from the mines. I think we should look at a bigger picture were all zambian will benefit than 2500 retrench. If the owner of mine they want let the retrench 6000 but pay the right taxes from whole zambian to enjoy. We like worrying about small issues than things which matter. For this country to move forward we need to change the way think.

  6. zakado

    weldone

  7. Hunter Shilesa

    am not used to finding logical comments from zambians. shocked 9 out of 10 of comments on this topic are reasonably thought out. Very inspiring. Everyone looked not only at % of the tax but on the long term implications of this tax on future investment, hr as a cost reduction and generally on the impact of the rest of the economy. Keep up this kind of thinking.

    • Shepherd Kabamba

      A very welcome move but to those who have already received the redundant letters what will happen.

  8. Castle bottle

    Iwe kolwe nga uli musungu shut up mwana pushing. Mother father!!!! so of a businessman

  9. Razor

    It’s like government to come to my house and tell me you can’t fire the maid even though I don’t have money to pay her. Fine let her continue working for free then. Thanks.

  10. Leonard chishimba

    u think when government collect taxes u have your share or what benfit are you talking about that money will just go in there pocket n u will continue suffering bwana the best to go is let the government negotiate with the mines than retrenching

  11. Landlord

    This Tax regime is highly wellcomed. Taxes are payed everywhere In this World, and there is need for us to complain. If Us Zambians paying 37% from our salaries what about the mine which is making huge profits almost 100%. Wake up Zambia.

  12. Landlord

    This Tax regime is highly wellcomed. Taxes are payed everywhere In this World, and there is no need for us to complain. If Us Zambians paying 37% from our salaries what about the mine which is making huge profits almost 100%. Wake up Zambia.

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