UASA Media Release: 20 January 2023
Statement by Abigail Moyo, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:
UASA continues the battle against job losses at Pan African Resources’ Barberton Mines following the company’s notice of possible retrenchments and restructuring late last year.
In December 2022, the company issued UASA with a Section 189 notice, followed by meetings set by Barberton Mines to explain the justification behind the notice. While proceeding with the matter, the company proposed a full calendar operations (FULCO) working system for the affected divisions.
The FULCO working system is expected to create more working opportunities in these divisions while preventing the proposed 600 job cuts. Bilateral meetings between UASA and management at Barberton Mines to negotiate the terms and conditions of the FULCO system to ensure a zero job loss stance at the company continue.
At the same time, UASA continues the battle with mining house Sibanye-Stillwater Gold Division’s Beatrix 4 Shaft and Kloof 1 plant to ensure that zero jobs are lost, as the company also gave notice of possible retrenchments and restructuring late last year. Sibanye-Stillwater Gold Division (Kloof, Driefontein, Burnstone and Platinum mines) has more available positions than the needed retrenchments. The fight is for all employees to be employed in all other Sibanye-Stillwater operations rather than to be retrenched.
The economic challenges we all face are difficult for most of us. UASA will work hard to ensure that the company considers all options and solutions and that no worker loses a job.
For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Abigail Moyo at 065 170 0162.