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amcu thumb medium80 81Moneyweb reports that Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) president Joseph Mathunjwa said at a press conference on Thursday that drastic action needed to be taken to avert the “jobs bloodbath” facing the mining industry.  

As many as 20,000 jobs have been put at risk in the last few weeks alone.  Mathunjwa said Amcu would continue pursuing all avenues to avoid job losses, and noted that according to information at its disposal, each mineworker supported five to ten people dependent on their wage.  Mathunjwa also said it was “highly unethical and hypocritical” for the companies concerned to be investing overseas at a time when they were cutting jobs in SA.  Two companies engaging in the largest retrenchments include AngloGold Ashanti (8,500) and Sibanye Gold (7,400).  Amcu has served the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) with a notice that it intends to engage in a nationwide protest over the issue of job losses, and this will include a petition directly to the office of the President of the Republic.  No strike is being considered at present, as this would “plunge workers into more difficulty”.

  • Read this report by Warren Thompson in full at Moneyweb
  • Read too, Amcu vows to fight job losses in mining industry, at The Citizen
  • And also, Amcu plans to march to Union Buildings over lay-off threats, Business Report at SA Labour News


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