The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday night said that it has received a Section 189 notice from AngloGold Ashanti to retrench 2,000 mineworkers in all its operations in South Africa.
In a terse statement, the union said it was “shocked that AngloGold Asanti is likely to retrench such a huge number of workers at the time when there is a high rate of unemployment in the country”.
NUM National Spokesman Livhuwani Mammburu added: “This is the same company that took a decision to retrench 849 mineworkers in January 2017 and also in June 2017 where they took a decision to retrench 8,500 mineworkers. It has become a fashionable trend for this company to retrench mineworkers.
“We, therefore, call on AngloGold Ashanti to rethink its position to retrench. They must create opportunities for job creation rather maximising profits at the expense of the poor mineworkers who earn poverty wages.”
AngloGold Ashanti could not be immediately reached for comment.
– African News Agency (ANA)