Mopani Copper Mines have started issuing mineworkers with letters putting them on mandatory leave owing to the company’s decision to place Kitwe and Mufulira Mines on care and maintenance.
The letters signed by Mopani copper mines human resource department, indicates that the coronavirus outbreak which has led to the price of copper falling rapidly, has placed more pressure on the mines business hence the decision.
It further adds that the situation has further been impacted by the critical disruptions to international mobility, transportation and supply chains arising from COVID-19.
The mining company however is urging mineworkers to remain available in case the company needs to call on their services.
The letters further stated that the workers will continue to receive basic pay and housing allowances for at least 3 months.
Leave days will not accumulate during the period that workers are at home and that Mopani workers will continue to receive a salary and are not permitted to take on full time or formal employment elsewhere.
Currently some miners are at Mopani copper mines awaiting to be addressed by union leaders who are in a meeting with management.