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numFin24 reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Thursday that it was deeply worried about the possible retrenchments of thousands of workers at Sibanye Gold's operations in SA.  

The union said in a statement that it was "shocked and disgusted" after it received a Section 189 (i.e. retrenchment) notice from Sibanye to retrench 7,400 permanent employees at the Beatrix West and Cooke Operations.  The number excludes close to 3,000 contractors who are also facing retrenchments, according to the NUM.  The union strongly condemned what it called "the blackmail unleashed" by mining companies led by Sibanye Gold, AngloGold Ashanti and Bokoni Platinum Mine in announcing massive retrenchments.  According to NUM, 80,000 jobs have been shed in the last five years.  It expressed its disappointed that the government has not done more to prevent the bleeding of jobs.

  • Read this report in full at Fin24
  • Read the NUM’s press statement at Cosatu Today
  • See too, NUM calls for intervention to save mine jobs, at SABC News

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