20 Feb

UASA Media Release: 20 February 2024

Image source: The Herald.

Statement by Abigail Moyo, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:

UASA is concerned that a notice of invitation from Anglo American

Platinum (Amplats) to consult regarding section 189A of the Labour

Relations Act (LRA) will lead to large-scale retrenchments at the mine.

Amplats is proposing a restructuring process for its operations.

It is deeply troubling to see an industry giant like Amplats resort to

retrenchments, seemingly unable to create work for its employees,

many of whose livelihoods are now threatened.

Amplats noted that the process may impact about 3,700 employees (or

17% of its workforce of 22,102) plus more than 600 contractors. The

restructuring call results from several challenges, which include, but

are not limited to, market conditions, reduced productivity, and slow

economic growth.

UASA will do everything possible to ensure its members employed at

the mine keep their jobs and avoid job losses. South Africa cannot

afford to add to the unemployment rate.

UASA will constructively participate, engage, and negotiate with

Amplats to look at and consider all feasible options that may assist the

company and save workers’ jobs overall.

For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Abigail Moyo at 065 170 0162.

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