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Johannesburg - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is gearing up for a fight against both mining companies and the government, amid increasing retrenchments and growing rifts between management and workers at South Africa's mines.

At a press conference on Monday the labour union bemoaned the fact that 80 000 jobs have been shed in the last five years, and said it would oppose all future retrenchments. The union is disappointed that the government has not done more to prevent the bleeding of jobs.

"We will fight tooth and nail with the necessary vigour against these mining companies," said NUM general secretary Kolekile Sipunzi.

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