Over 400 miners belonging to three contractors at Nchanga underground mine in Chingola have been dismissed by Konkola Copper Mine (KCM).
This follows the non-renewal of expired contracts for the three drilling companies namely Elioyoni, Lukoria and Mpelembe.
KCM Corporate General Manger Eugene Chungu made mention that Nchanga underground mine had been under care and maintenance for a long time, hence the laying off of some miners.
According to media reports, the contracts enfolded 150 workers of Lukoria, 150 workers of Elioyoni and Mpelembe with 113 workers.
However, Chungu said 43 workers from Mpelembe drilling have been retained for critical jobs to be working hand in hand with Konkola Copper Mine staff.