By Francois Redelinghuys
Trade union Solidarity received a retrenchment notice from mining company AngloGold Ashanti (AGA). The notice warns that approximately 8 500 employees could be affected by the possible retrenchments.
Solidarity adds that a trend in retrenchments in the mining sector may follow as a result of the negative impact that the Mining Charter may have on mining companies.
According to Connie Prinsloo, Deputy General Secretary for Mining at Solidarity, this announcement is especially worrying because the AGA workforce have already been reduced by almost 990 jobs recently during a previous retrenchment process.
“The trade union will now intensively engage with AGA management with the aim of finding solutions to retain as many jobs as possible at the mine. Solidarity will of course be pleased with every job that can possibly be saved,” Prinsloo says.
“However, the 189 process as set out in the Labour Relations Act must first commence, after which Solidarity will be able to act in the best interests of its members. The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration will now appoint a Commissioner as facilitator, where after the process will commence. More information will be available then,” explains Prinsloo.
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