by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News)
MORE than 1 000 South African mine workers are set to lose their jobs before the end of March as the economic meltdown bites deeper.
This follows an announcement by the top mining companies in the Northern Cape, who hinted that they would retrench a total of 1 031 mine employees, citing viability challenges.
The mining companies comprise Assmang Blackrock mine, who mentioned that they would retrench 375 mine workers, Blue Chip to retrench 319, Rockwell Diamonds to shade-off 287 jobs while Diro Manganese Mine to retrench 50.
The National Union Mineworkers (NUM) said is organising a march next week to oppose the retrenchments.
NUM Regional Coordinator for Kimberley, Northern Cape, Lucas Phiri, said the march against companies retrenchments would take place on March 17, 2015 at the companies’ entry gates.
“NUM condemns the four companies in the strongest words possible their behaviour and attitude for being advocates of a jobs bloodbath by pushing for retrenchments at all costs.
“When there is a mining boom, mining executives pay themselves ridiculous bonuses and the workers get nothing. But when the mining boom is over workers are the first to be retrenched. This is unacceptable,” said Phiri.
He said the purpose of the march was to hand over a memorandum of demands to the company and amongst the demands were for the company to stop the retrenchments and create more jobs.
– CAJ News