Amcu unaware of Lonmin retrenchments

Despite reports of Lonmin cutting 5,700 positions, Amcu says it’s not received word from the company.

FILE IMAGE: Mineworkers at Lonmin's Rowland shaft in Marikana on 25 June 2014. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) says it has not received word from Lonmin about planned job cuts, despite reports that 5,700 positions are on the line.

Reuters reported on Monday the platinum producer aims to cut around 21 percent of its workforce.

But Lonmin has denied these claims.

There are concerns of further labour unrest in the fragile mining sector, amid reports Lonmin could close half of its shafts.

In June the company warned that 'restructuring had become inevitable' in the wake of Amcu's five-month-long strike.

The union's President Joseph Mathunjwa says, "We'll wait for Lonmin to inform us if there is such a move and then we'll respond accordingly."

Meanwhile mining analyst Peter Major says restructuring is Lonmin's best chance of returning to profit.

"Nobody likes retrenching people. If you keep having losses like this, you'll have one big car crash and then the mine closes and everybody loses their jobs."