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Amcu vows to halt 32,000 possible job cuts

Joseph Mathunjwa says he’s concerned mine bosses are placing shareholder interests over employee interests.

FILE: Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) says it will put a stop to the possible 32,000 job opportunity cuts in the industry by diverting skills elsewhere.

The union briefed the media in Sandton yesterday saying it is concerned about the predicted job cuts in the industry to support competitiveness and sustainability of mining companies.

Amcu says it saved about 6,000 jobs at Lonmin Mine where only 87 employees were retrenched with more than 5,000 workers accepting voluntary severance packages.

The union's president Joseph Mathunjwa says he's concerned that mine bosses are placing shareholder interests over employee interests.

"The retrenchments according to the stats was about 32,000 positions that are going to be lost. At Lonmin we saved most of the 6,000 jobs that could have been lost."

Last week, the Competition Tribunal approved Sibanye Gold's plan to acquire Anglo American Platinum's Rustenburg operation, as well as the Aquarius Platinum Mine, where Amcu is the majority union.

Mathunjwa said Sibanye needs to tread carefully in the wage talks.

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