SOUTH AFRICAN UNION THREATENS STRIKE ACTION OVER PLAN BY IMPLATS TO RETRENCH 13,000

JOHANNESBURG– The Association of Mining and Construction Union (Amcu), one of the uinions whose members are affected by a decision by Impala Platinum Impala Platinum Holdings limited (Implats) to retrench 13,000 workers at its operations in South Africa’s North West Province, has threatened strike action if a consultation process and alternatives to retrenchments fail to yield a positive outcome.

The union has strongly condemned the planned retrenchments at operation of Implats, the world’s second biggest producer of platinum group ores, at its mines in Rustenburg, North West Province.

Speaking to the media here Tuesday, Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa said the platinum sector had already lost 7,800 jobs to date. The union called on the government to intervene to save jobs in the mining sector.

Mathunjwa said he would bring the mining industry to its knees if they go on strike. The union says they have already approached Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe but have not received any response regarding the matter.

Impala, which employs more than 40,000 workers in South Africa, retrenched more than 2,000 employees last year. Amcu says it represents more than 70 per cent of the workforce in the platinum industry. It is asking the company to look at alternatives to retrenchments and will continue to monitor and consult.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK