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arcelormittalBusiness Report writes that angry labour unions are planning to oppose job cuts at ArcelorMittal SA (Amsa).  

The steel producer announced on Tuesday that it planned to retrench more than 50 employees as low demand, rising costs, a strong rand and SA’s sluggish economy necessitated further cost cutting measures.  The company cannot yet say exactly how many people or which operations will be affected as the consultation process with employees and unions must first be concluded and all avoidance measures fully explored.  Trade union Solidarity said it would hold serious talks with Amsa to discuss alternatives so that retrenchments would be considered as a last resort.  “We will do everything we can to prevent possible retrenchments,” said the union’s Marius Croucamp.   He described the restructuring as a major blow for employment in Newcastle, Saldanha and the Vaal Triangle.  National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) general secretary Irvin Jim commented:  “I can promise you and workers we are going to do everything our power not to run away from engagement but to fight and oppose any form of job losses at Amsa”.

  • Read this report by Dineo Faku in full at Business Report
  • See too, Solidarity warns of ‘major impact’ should AMSA proceed with job cuts, at Mining Weekly
  • Read Solidarity’s press statement in this regard at Solidarity online

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