Jobs bloodbath in mining

2012-09-20 09:50

About 10 000 jobs could be lost in the mining industry, the National Union of Mineworkers’ (NUM’s) general secretary Frans Baleni has said.

“We are talking about 10 000 jobs lost,” he told media on the sidelines of labour-union federation Cosatu’s conference in Midrand.

The industry had already lost 4 800 jobs between February and June, he said.

Lonmin planned to close down a shaft operated by Murray & Roberts on contract, which would lead to 1 200 lost jobs. It had also cancelled plans for a new development, costing a potential 3 000 jobs.

Anglo Platinum had issued a section 189 notice in terms of the Labour Relations Act to retrench 2 000 workers.

Impala Platinum Holdings had told the NUM that some of its shafts were not profitable, which could lead to even more job losses.

“All of these things are happening while we are engaging the industry and DMR (department of mineral resources) to prevent a jobs bloodbath,” Baleni said.

This comes as “expectation has been created in the industry” after a deal was reached with Lonmin of wage increases of up to 22%.

Baleni said the NUM had been getting calls from members in the coal, platinum and gold mining sectors wanting similar increases.

The NUM was worried that the Lonmin deal would lead to copycat demands.

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