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MINING: Workers Sacked As AngloPlatinum End Contract

 





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The mining contractor JIC Mining Services has released a Section 189 notice stating that is plans to retrench 662, or more than 10%, of its nearly 6 300 employees, the trade union Solidarity has said.

This comes after the announcement by Anglo Platinum’s Rustenburg Platinum Mines (RPM) that the contract with JIC would not be renewed. All the employees who could be affected by the planned retrenchments currently work at RPM’s Tumela West and Central mines.

JIC management has already indicated that everything possible would be done to avoid the planned retrenchment. Transfers are currently being considered as an alternative, but it is not yet clear how many employees will avoid retrenchment in this manner.

According to Solidarity spokesperson Jaco Kleynhans, these retrenchments form part of the large-scale retrenchments and job cuts at Anglo Platinum. The mining group has already retrenched about 12 000 workers this year.

“Solidarity will now try to negotiate alternatives for its members with the contractor. However, Solidarity is confident that the retrenchments can be limited because Solidarity members at the contractor possess scarce skills that are still in demand at various other mines where JIC still has contracts,” Kleynhans said.

JIC blames the planned retrenchments on the recession, a dramatic decrease in commodity prices and a lack of demand for services in the mining industry. The retrenchment affects 628 Category B employees and 34 Category A employees. Category A employees include, among others, officials, miners and artisans while Category B includes employees such as operators and cleaners.

JIC Mining Services is a provider of various mining services at, among others, Impala Platinum, Harmony Gold, Anglo Gold Ashanti and Goldfields.


 
 
 
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