AngloGold refutes claims of deal with NUM over job cuts

The National Union of Mineworkers announced on Monday that it had met with the mining company and agreed on multiple options to save jobs.

FILE: AngloGold Ashanti logo. Picture: supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - AngloGold Ashanti and trade union Solidarity have refuted claims that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has sealed a deal with the mine to save more than 800 jobs.

AngloGold says although talks to mitigate job shedding started on Monday, it’s premature to announce that retrenchments are not going ahead as planned.

The NUM announced on Monday that it had met with the mining company and agreed on multiple options to save the jobs.

The union announced on Monday that its meeting with AngloGold Ashanti was successful and that the mining company would no longer retrench workers.

But AngloGold’s Chris Nthite says this is not so.

"Engagement on that is still ongoing and next week there will be further engagements, so we haven’t reached any firm agreement at this stage."

Trade union Solidarity’s Francois Redelinghuys says the CCMA still needs to appoint a facilitator for the process.

“Now we are just waiting just waiting for the CCMA to give a facilitator who will actually facilitate the whole process going forward.”

AngloGold says while the firm wants to find a resolution as soon as possible, it’s unclear how long the process will take.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)