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Amplats’ plan to retrench 474 workers

Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is to retrench 474 workers as part of a restructuring plan, which was first originated in 2013, causing waves in political and union circles at that time.

This has sparked fighting words from the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). The platinum producer said on Wednesday that it had found permanent places for 774 of the 1,248 employees who had been identified for retrenchment. But, the NUM accused the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), which is the majority union at the company, of compromising and failing to inform its members of the retrenchments.

NUM deputy general secretary and chief negotiator at Amplats, Tshimane Montoedi, said: "As we speak now, 474 workers have been informed they will be retrenched with immediate effect (Thursday). No legal processes have been followed by the company. Workers are very angry and embarrassed. Workers are flocking to the NUM’s offices expressing disappointment caused by Amcu and the company, saying they have been misled by this union for so long." The NUM said on Wednesday it would explore options to assist the workers by taking legal or other routes. Amcu could not be contacted.

Source: SA Labour News