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COSATU is deeply alarmed by the planned retrenchment of 8 500 workers by Anglo Gold Ashanti
The Congress of South African Trade Unions is alarmed by the news that Anglogold Ashanti has submitted a 189 notice detailing its intentions to retrench 8 500 workers. This decision validates the call by the federation that we need a Job Summit and a Jobs plan to deal with the issue of the ongoing retrenchments. This matter cannot be left at the hands of the workers and employers at a shop floor. It has now reached a crisis situation. Hopefully the ANC Policy Conference can address the issue of retrenchments and job creation, particularly in the mining sector.
The reality is that the mining sector is guilty of focusing on profit maximisation and increased mechanisation of the sector, without paying serious attention to job security and the re-skilling of the workers that are losing their jobs. These ongoing retrenchments lack a human face; workers that have been carrying the mining sector and the economy in general , on their back now are being dumped into the unemployment scrapheap.
COSATU also wants the policy conference to deal with the policy of controlling and putting strategic commodities such as gold, platinum and steel under government control. This strategic nationalisation will go a long way in addressing the problems engulfing the mining sector, including unemployment.
The federation also reiterates its call that retrenchments need to be made a matter for negotiations rather than consultation and this means changing the process in Section 189 of the LRA from one of "consultation with the aim of reaching consensus" to one involving negotiation. We acknowledge that changing Section 189 will not solve South Africa's unemployment problems because this is an economic problem, but the fact is that dismissal for operational reasons
is far too easy.
Issued by COSATU
Sizwe Pamla (National Spokesperson)
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