NUM working with CCMA to reduce workers affected by mining job cuts
The NUM has warned more than 36,000 jobs are under threat in the embattled mining industry.
JOHANNESBURG - The National Union Mine of Mineworkers says it's facilitating talks with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) aimed at reducing the number of workers affected by job cuts, and to ensure fair retrenchments where they cannot be avoided.
The NUM has warned more than 36,000 jobs are under threat in the embattled mining industry over the next three months.
Anglo American announced last week it will start restructuring, putting about 2,000 jobs on the line at its Twickenham and Union mines.
The South African mining industry is under pressure from sinking metal prices and soaring costs which have triggered a wave of job cuts across the industry.
The NUM's General Secretary David Siphunzi said, In some areas, we are already engaging with the CCMA to see what can be done to reduce, if possible, the numbers of those who may be retrenched.
Additional reporting by Reuters.