Saftu condemns possible jobs cuts at Implats

Implats says labour productivity rates have declined over the last few years and production levels in the North West have been reduced substantially.

Impala Platinum Mine. Picture: Implats.co.za.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has condemned possible jobs cuts at Implala Platinum's (Implats) Rustenburg operations.

Implats says labour productivity rates have declined over the last few years and production levels in the North West have been reduced substantially.

But Saftu says a company like Implats has been solely focused on profits and not on community development.

Spokesperson Patrick Craven said: “And so not only are we losing jobs, we’re losing our environment. We’re creating a dangerous and unhealthy climate.

"Why can’t the mining companies employ people to improve these conditions? And the answer is simple, of course, they won’t make a profit out of that.”