Retrenched Miners Vow To Retire PF In 2016
Annoyed retrenched miners on the Copperbelt have vowed to equally ‘retrench’ the Patriotic Front in next years General elections.
Meanwhile, some Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) contracted Nchanga underground miners yesterday protested and blocked the roads in Chingola demanding to be addressed by Government officials.
The jobless miners however took to the streets when they were consistently ignored with no government official coming forth to address their plight.
They complained the redundancies and massive job losses had been handled badly by the government and there was no proper plan laid out for their future.
“So ninshi aba abantu efyo balatulekelela so? here on the Copperbelt, we gave PF the vote, the miners came out in numbers for PF, but today they have all gone to Lusaka and are just enjoying themselves locked up in their air-conditioned offices, they have neglected our plight, we were told to come here at 7hrs in the morning, up to now, no one has spoken to us. Its fine, we will also retrench them in 2016″ one of the annoyed miners said.
The Copperbelt has been rocked by massive job cuts with an estimated 4,000 miners expected to be sent home jobless by the various mining conglomerates operating in the province.
The miners want KCM to give them K20, 000 as a package of separation and fine for prematurely terminating the contract.
The demand is resettlement package for each employee to start a new life.
Source : Mwebantu