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EngenBusiness Report writes that job cuts are looming at Engen Petroleum as the oil and gas company undertakes a major shake-up.  Engen said it was in talks with employees to streamline the business in a bid to remain competitive.  

Spokesman Gavin Smith said Engen, which employed 3,000 people, had examined its operational structure with employees.  The review had led to certain positions being affected.  He indicated:  “Engen is currently engaging affected employees that are mainly based in its corporate offices to explore a variety of alternatives that include applying for a different role within Engen or applying for a Voluntary Severance Package (VSP) in order to avoid retrenchments.  This process is ongoing.”  He declined to divulge how many employees would be affected, but said it would not include petrol attendants.  A source within the company commented:  “While they (Engen) anticipated shedding mainly older, white workers, they have been inundated by take-up of applications for packages for voluntary severance packages from black staffers in all categories.”  Deon Reyneke of Solidarity said the union had not received any notification from the company.  The Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (Ceppwawu) does appear to have been involved.

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