NUM marches against Glencore retrenchments

The union is demanding that the company put a hold on plans to shut down the Optimum Coal Mine.

FILE: Striking mine workers who support the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) take part in a protest in Carletonville on 3 September, 2013. Picture: AFP. "

JOHANNESBURG - Members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have marched to the Glencore offices in Johannesburg to demand that the company halt its plans to shut down a Mpumalanga mine.

The union is demanding that the company put a hold on plans to shut down the Optimum Coal Mine which could see over 1,000 employees lose their jobs.

This is the union's second march to Glencore's offices this year after a similar demonstration last month.

The mining company says its decision to close down the Mpumalanga mine was informed by poor market conditions which have severely affected its profits.

However the NUM claims executives are making rash decisions that are affecting the livelihoods of thousands.

The union's Jabu Khambule, "We are marching because Glencore is intending to retrench more than 1,000 employees and more than 500 contractors. They are not prepared to listen to us so we are marching and raising our voices against them at their head office."