Shamenda commends KCM for not pruning workforce

Fackson Shamenda
Fackson Shamenda
Fackson Shamenda

Government has commended Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) for rescinding its earlier decision to lay off over 2000 workers.

Labour Minister, Fackson Shamenda, said the shift by KCM not to lay off the workers is a clear testimony of its commitment of not only focusing on retention but also on the plight of its employees and their families.

Mr Shamenda also said he was impressed with KCM management’s commitment during the preliminary discussions with Government and union leaders among others on the matter of laying off its workers.

The minister, who was flanked by his deputy, Ronald Chitotela and other senior ministry officials, was speaking to journalists at a press briefing in Lusaka on June 6th.

Mr Shamenda further said it would have been unfortunate to lose such a huge labour force and thanked all stakeholders for addressing the issue with deep concerns.

Meanwhile, Mr Shamenda has warned that government will not entertain any local or foreign investors wilfully trying to lay off workers in the country.

Mr Shamenda has since called on other investors to emulate KCM’s gesture of upholding the dignity of the workers in the country and not only to focus on making huge profits.

He said government has provided a conducive environment for all investors to operate in, adding that it is ready to dialogue with investors on all matters pertaining to investment in the country.

Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) yesterday rescinded its decision to lay off 2000 workers.