The Mine Workers Union of Zambia-MUZ has appealed to government to reopen negotiations with China Non-Ferrous metals-CNMC Luanshya Copper Mines over the future of the closed Baluba Mine.
MUZ General Secretary Joseph Chewe says it is sad to note that the mining firm is slowly recalling workers who were sent on forced leave in 2015.
Mr. Chewe says CNMC should take advantage of the rise in the price of Copper and seriously consider reopening Baluba mine.
Copper prices on the International market have hit seven thousand US dollars per tonne mark.
Mr. Chewe who was speaking to ZNBC news in an interview in Kitwe this morning wondered why management at CNMC is reluctant to resume operations at Baluba which has been closed since 2015.
Over One thousand 600 miners were put on forced leave in 2015 when the mining firm’s Baluba shaft was placed under care and maintenance.