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PetroSA employees still in the dark over retrenchments

Last week EWN reported that PetroSA was considering laying off up to 40 percent of its staff.

FILE: PetroSA spokesperson Thabo Mabaso said factors such as the fall of the oil price have affected productivity. Picture: PetroSA.

JOHANNESBURG - PetroSA employees are still in the dark about their future as they wait for the company to give details on plans for retrenchments.

Eyewitness News last week reported that the parastatal was considering the possibility of laying off up to 40 percent of its staff.

It emerged that the oil company had sent out a memo to staff notifying them of its intentions.

In a statement, PetroSA said it had invited the union to discuss measures to avoid or minimise the impact of retrenchments.

The company is looking to cutting costs because its refinery in Mossel Bay had a shortage of gas.

PetroSA spokesperson Thabo Mabaso said other factors such as the fall of the oil price have affected productivity.

He said they were not looking at retrenchments just yet.

"For now we're not looking at retrenchments. For now we are looking at sustainable solutions that will assist the company."

Up until Wednesday, workers remained uncertain about their futures at the parastatal.

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