Amplats postpones job cuts

2013-01-29 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — The retrenchment of nearly 14 000 minerworkers at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) was postponed yesterday to allow for detailed consultations to take place.

A statement by the Department of Mineral Recourses (DMR) said the mining group had decided to postpone the continuation of the Section 189 process under the Labour Relations Act, announced on January 15.

The Department of Mineral Resources, Amplats, the National Union of Mineworkers, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa , Uasa and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union will next week prepare a detailed plan “and take no more than 60 days”, the statement said.

According to a report on Sunday, Amplats had put the planned retrenchments on hold for two months.

Unnamed sources told the Sunday Independent that Amplats chief executive Chris Griffiths had written to affected unions confirming Amplats’ decision to allow a two-month moratorium on its restructuring.

The vast majority of job cuts would be lost around Rustenburg, which was at the centre of violent labour unrest last August and September.

According to the Sunday Independent, part of Amplats’ new agreement could include setting up a task team to investigate the findings on the profitability of the two shafts it plans to shut as part of the retrenchment plan.

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