NUM to fight re­trench­ments

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THE NA­TIONAL Union of Minework­ers (NUM) said yes­ter­day it would op­pose plans by An­gloGold Ashanti to re­trench as many as 8 500 work­ers. The union said in a state­ment that its shaft stew­ards coun­cil met to de­lib­er­ate on the move. “The meet­ing re­solved to op­pose the planned re­trench­ments and will en­gage rel­e­vant gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and the com­pany in an ef­fort to avoid job losses,” NUM said. Last week, An­gloGold Ashanti said it planned to re­trench work­ers in or­der to re­struc­ture its op­er­a­tions. It said it wanted to place on care and main­te­nance the Kopanang mine in the Vaal River re­gion and the Savuka sec­tion of the TauTona mine in the West Wits re­gion. Savuka has been in op­er­a­tion for 59 years. Kopanang pro­duced its first gold in 1981. The com­pany’s op­er­a­tions in South Africa em­ploy about 28 000 peo­ple, in­clud­ing con­trac­tors. Min­eral Re­sources Min­is­ter Mosebenzi Zwane has in­structed the Min­er­als and Petroleum Board to ver­ify whether the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by An­gloGold Ashanti mo­ti­vat­ing for the re­trench­ments took into con­sid­er­a­tion in­dus­try com­mit­ments to save jobs. Zwane met An­gloGold Ashanti chief ex­ec­u­tive Srini­vasan Venkatakr­ish­nan and his ex­ec­u­tives on Fri­day. – ANA

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