NUM left in the dark about 2 600 Bokoni Platinum mine job cuts, cash woes

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says Bokoni Platinum mine did not consult with the union about the retrenchments of more than 2 600 permanent workers.

The Limpopo mine has been placed on a two-year care and maintenance programme as it battles to recover financial losses.

The mine says that it is not shutting down completely and hopes to resume operations after the two-year break.

NUM spokersperson Livhuwani Mammburu says the union was not told about the mine's financial difficulties.

He says the retrenchment number excludes contractors and could be much higher.

It's difficult to say [if the retrenchments were avoidable] because we were never consulted. We were just issued with Section 189 to retrench 2 651 permanent employees. This number could go even higher.

Livhuwani Mammburu, NUM national spokersperson

Mammburu says NUM was only served with a Section 189 notice which permits employers to dismiss employees for operational requirements, in terms of the Labour Relations Act.

He says Bokoni Platinum never spoke with the union, despite having the opportunity to do so at a forum.

NUM is concerned that mining companies are retrenching workers without government intervention from the Department of Mineral Resources.

The problem is the weak regulation of the Department of Mineral Resources and its head Minister Mosebenzi Zwane - he's not doing anything for the mining industry in South Africa.

Livhuwani Mammburu, NUM national spokersperson

He explains that NUM will now have to go into a 60-day consultation period with Bokoni Platinum, until 21 September, to plan a way forward.

Take a listen:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : NUM left in the dark about 2 600 Bokoni Platinum mine job cuts, cash woes


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
IDC calls farmers in SA's agro-processing industry to apply for funding

IDC calls farmers in SA's agro-processing industry to apply for funding

IDC's Lizeka Matshekga says the objective of the IDC is to industrialise SA, create jobs and transform industrial sectors.

Chamber of mines is anti transformation - Num

Chamber of mines is anti transformation - Num

The roll-out of the Mining Charter has been suspended pending the court's ruling on the Chamber of Commerce court interdict.

Chamber of mines welcomes decision to suspend implementation of mining charter

Chamber of mines welcomes decision to suspend implementation of mining charter

The charter has been put on ice pending the judgment of an urgent interdict application by the industry.

 ‘Mining Charter is populism on steroids'

‘Mining Charter is populism on steroids'

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Chamber of Mines CEO Roger Baxter.

"Transformation is non-negotiable but we must mitigate against negative impact"

"Transformation is non-negotiable but we must mitigate against negative impact"

Zizi Kodwa was part of the ANC delegation that met with the Chamber of Mines on Tuesday over the new controversial mining charter.

Chamber to seek court interdict against new mining charter

Chamber to seek court interdict against new mining charter

The Chamber of Mines has criticised the Department of Mineral Resources for not properly consulting with the sector.

Popular articles
Feasibility study for Gautrain expansion completed but no approval yet

Feasibility study for Gautrain expansion completed but no approval yet

MEC for Transport Ismail Vadi says the feasibility study has been submitted to Treasury for consideration and formal approval.

Magashule has never taken responsibility for anything says Mxolisi Dukwana

Magashule has never taken responsibility for anything says Mxolisi Dukwana

Dukwana accuses Magasshule of taking him to Saxonwold and asking him to sign a project over to the Guptas for R2 million a month.

Judge in Omotoso case dismisses defence application to recuse himself

Judge in Omotoso case dismisses defence application to recuse himself

Judge Mandela Makaula has dismissed the defence application saying it has no merit.

Lebelo's lawyer refuses to give evidence at Nugent Commission

Lebelo's lawyer refuses to give evidence at Nugent Commission

EWN Reporter Barry Bateman gives the latest on what is happening at the Nugent Commission of Inquiry into Sars.

'As long as I'm mayor, I'm not going to sit back and watch criminals take over'

'As long as I'm mayor, I'm not going to sit back and watch criminals take over'

City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba says criminals cannot be allowed to threaten service delivery in the city.

[Watch] SA choir stuns with isiZulu cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’

[Watch] SA choir stuns with isiZulu cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone Viral'.