Government has stopped Konkola Copper Mines’ outsourcing intentions, until negotiations with the unions are concluded.
Kampamba Mulenga, chief government’s spokesperson recently told media that government will only intervene in the matter when the two parties finalise their discussions.
KCM intends to transfer 1,000 workers to contractors but Mulenga said moving of unionized workers should be discussed with the unions in line with the various agreements.
On the contrary, Eugene Chungu, General Manager Corporate Affairs at KCM said consultations with the Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Mines, the local area members of parliament and the national Union on the contractor outsourcing have been ongoing for some time now.
“The parties concluded that KCM would proceed to outsource contractors for the benefit of improving productivity at the company,” Chungu said.
He said although employees would be under the management supervision of specialized contractors they would continue to remain KCM employees.
“Therefore, there will be no job losses as a consequence of outsourcing and all employees would continue to enjoy full KCM conditions of service.”