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SibanyeFin24 reports that trade union Solidarity has joined the chorus of those expressing shock and disappointed at the jobs bloodbath expected in the mining industry.  Sibanye Gold announced a restructuring plan on Thursday that could see about 7,400 jobs being cut at all levels as a result of a proposed restructuring at the producer’s Beatrix West and Cooke operations.  

Solidarity pointed out that, although the official figure for the number of affected workers stood at 7,400, there were also about 2,400 contractors, 365 employees not yet placed as part of an earlier scaling-down process and approximately 50 people in management positions affected by an unrelated process.  This would bring the total number of affected employees to 10,200.  “When taking into account that every mineworker takes care of about ten dependants and that many more jobs along the line are lost for every full-time miner’s job abolished, the retrenchments will have a major impact on innocent people,” said Solidarity general secretary Gideon du Plessis in a statement.  He stated that the current wave of retrenchments would have catastrophic social consequences and many unemployed miners would turn to the already uncontrollable illegal mining activities.

  • Read this report by Carin Smith in full at Fin24
  • See too, Solidarity shocked at possible 10,200 job loss at Sibanye Gold, at Business Report
  • Read Solidarity’s press statement in this regard at Solidarity online


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