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amcu thumb medium80 81Fin24 reports that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) warned on Tuesday that should consultation fail, it would embark on industrial action at Impala Platinum (Implats) over looming job losses.  

Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa said at a press conference:  “We are not going to run to [the] labour court, we don’t have money ... we will hit where it matters most ... [the] gloves will be off.”  Implats will need to consult with trade unions in accordance with the Labour Relations Act (LRA), and with the Department of Mineral Resources according to mining legislation, before going ahead with its plan to cut over 13,000 jobs in the next two years.  Mathunjwa also warned of a secondary strike at Implats operations if the company brought “technical” issues to the consultations over job losses.  "[We will] make sure there is no ounce of platinum that goes out of the ground … you know we are capable of that, we are not bluffing,” Mathunjwa said.  He also called on the state to nationalise the five shafts Implats has scheduled for closure, calling this “a great opportunity”.  According to the Implats plan, 9,000 permanent employees and 4,000 contractors will lose their jobs over the next two years.

  • Read this report by Tehillah Niselow in full at Fin24

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