“As we speak there are approximately 30 companies that have issued us with [the] Section 189 notification, with a minimum of between 15,000 to 20,000 jobs to be lost as per companies calculation,” said deputy secretary Tshimane Montoedi.
He said Glencore’s Optimum Coal mine planned to retrenchment more than 1000 employees on June 7, “despite the fact that there was an abundance of ore reserves”.
Montoedi said the company rejected all alternatives that included, selling to prospective buyers and implementing training lay off schemes as per National Economic Development and Labour Council resolutions.
“It is unfortunate that this action by Glencore/Optimum Coal seeks to promote sterilisation of mineral wealth which is a contradiction with the spirit of the MPRDA 2002.”
The union said between 2012 and 2014, more than 35,000 jobs were shed in the mining industry, the majority of these were in the platinum and gold sector.
In April this year, Anglo American Platinum retrenched 474 workers at its operations in Rustenburg, North West.
Lonmin also announced it was consulting its workers and unions with its plan to cut 3,500 jobs at its Marikana operation outside Rustenburg.