NUM ‘disturbed’ by AngloGold Ashanti’s plans of over 800 job cuts

NUM says it has received a notice of the planned retrenchments from the mining giant but is not satisfied with the reasons.

FILE: AngloGold Ashanti logo. Picture: supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it is disturbed by the news of AngloGold Ashanti’s plans to shed over 800 jobs across the country.

NUM’s Tafa Moya says the union has received a notice of the planned retrenchments from the international mining giant but is not satisfied with the reasons.

Moya says the union is confident much can be done to avoid job losses at a time when unemployment rates are high in the country.

He says the union is planning to meet with Ashanti on Monday to discuss other avenues to avoid the job loss.

“The reasons submitted to us are based on a business plan and the company restructuring because they are not meeting their gold targets. Our position is that we don’t think these reasons are valid.”

Moya says the union is ready to approach the CCMA if no mutually beneficial resolution is found with the mining company.