6,200 miners lose their jobs - Num

Num’s Frans Baleni says Lonmin was forced to close down a shaft that employed 1,200 workers.

An additional 1, 200 miners may lose their jobs. Picture: EWN

MIDRAND - At least 6,200 jobs have been lost in the mining industry due to recent strikes, National Union of Mineworkers (Num) General Secretary Frans Baleni said on Thursday.

He made the comments during Cosatu's annual congress in Midrand, north of Johannesburg.

Baleni welcomed the Marikana agreement, but said it sets a dangerous precedent for the mining sector.

He said Lonmin was forced to close down a shaft that employed 1,200 workers.

The general secretary added the strikes will prevent the sector from creating 3,000 additional jobs for the country.

Meanwhile, Angloplats will retrench 2,000 workers, while Impala said some of its shafts are no longer profitable, which could result in further job losses.

Baleni warned that other workers in the sector want to follow the example of Marikana workers and Num is trying to avoid further retrenchments.

The union is set to meet with the Chamber of Mines to discuss the issue.