More mining jobs could be on the line

NUM cannot confirm if 11,000 miners who received notifications from mining employer will be fired.

FILE: On Wednesday NUM rejected the final wage offer from gold mining companies across the country. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says that 11, 000 members could lose their jobs after getting notifications from companies.

The union says this is not a final confirmation that all of them will be fired.

The news comes after Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi met with union leaders and mine managers on Wednesday, in a bid to stop mass retrenchments.

The department's Mahlodi Muofhe says that meeting did make some progress.

"All stakeholders said technocrats must spend time trying to knock a workable product, which can result, perhaps, with some accord which would assist in ensuring that we mitigate against this large number of impending job losses."

On Wednesday NUM rejected the final wage offer from gold mining companies across the country.

NUM's Deputy President, Joseph Montisetsi, said companies needed to do better, while the Chamber of Mines said it would repackage the deal offered to workers, but would not be able to make more money available.