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goldfieldsFin24 reports that Gold Fields has presented a new offer to the National Union of Mineworkers in an attempt to end the union’s almost four-week strike at South Deep against retrenchments, but a union official says it is unlikely to be accepted.  

The company is offering a “sweetener” to the retrenchment package.  It has also proposed to provide sacked employees with skills training and make provision for a "call-back" option, which would allow them to be first in line to be reemployed if opportunities arose, provided they matched the requisite skill set.  The union has until 17:00 on Friday to accept the offer before it lapses.  The NUM downed tools on 2 November in protest against 1,082 employees and 420 contractors losing their positions, following a CCMA facilitation process.  On Wednesday, Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland said he was unable to foresee how long the industrial action would continue if the offer was not accepted by Friday.  “There’s no turning back from the process,” Holland said, adding that the retrenchments were undertaken as a last resort to save the remaining 4,000 jobs at the operation.  NUM branch secretary at South Deep, Thulani Mashibini, indicated that nothing had materially changed in the mining group's latest offer, and the union would reject it.

  • Read the full original report by Tehillah Niselow at Fin24

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