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NUM Youth Structure in Highveld Region to march against retrenchments and job losses in the mining industry

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NUM Youth Structure in Highveld Region to march against retrenchments and job losses in the mining industry

The National Union of Mineworkers Youth Structure (NUM YS) in the Highveld
Region will be marching on the 17th of June 2016. The primary purpose of
the march is against retrenchments and job losses in the mining Sector that
directly contribute to youth unemployment.

The view of the NUM YS is that retrenchments are purported by rapacious
capitalism in their nature capitalists are greedy and brutal, and their
love for profit puts them in permanent paradox with the most advanced class
the working class.

In the main the rapaciousness makes them retrench willy-nilly in the
process of retrenching the working class becomes causalities and victims.

Young people in particular in their majority are breadwinners and when a
breadwinner is retrenched the entire family will be affected. It is upon
this background that the NUM YF in the Highveld Region has taken a radical
and militant decision to march and fight the brutality of monopoly.

According to Statistician-General Pali Lehohla the unemployment rate in
South Africa has increased to 26.7 percent in the three months to March
2016, from 24.5 percent in the first quarter and above market expectations
of 25.3 percent, it was the highest reading since September 2005 as a
number of unemployed rose by 10 percent, whereas employment fell 2.2
percent. The above-mentioned narration is a clear repercussion amongst
other of retrenchment that leads to job losses.

Capitalism uses retrenchments to maximise profits when their pockets are
becoming dry the first thing that comes into their minds is to retrench. It
is on that basis that we are saying Young Workers cannot be the victims of
monopoly capital. Retrenchments in the mining impact negatively on the
downtrodden.

The NUM YS must emulate the fighting spirit of Students in 1976 and fight
the mining bosses.

*"We have seen that mining companies like Glencore and others put profit
first and they do not care about our members. We have also witnessed the
closure of mines that led to retrenchments on the basis of profit
maximisation,"* said Thando Sambo, NUM Youth Forum Highveld Acting
Secretary.

We, therefore, call upon the Progressive Youth Alliance led by the ANCYL,
YCL and SASCO to mobilise its structures and members and be part of this
historic march against retrenchment and job losses that lead to youth
unemployment. The NUM YS believes that when components of the PYA are
united nothing is insurmountable together with our PYA structures we have
the capacity to weaken monopoly capital and defend job security of our
members and young workers in particular.

*The March will unfold as follows:*

* Date:* 17 June 2016 (Friday)

* Time:* 09h00

* Venue:* Lynnville Stadium, Emalahleni (Witbank), to Department of Labour

Members of the media are invited to attend and report.


*For more information, please contact:*

*Thando Sambo, NUM Youth Forum Highveld Acting Secretary, 083 677 6979 / 071 389 7135 *

*Livhuwani Mammburu, NUM National Spokesperson, 083 809 3257 *

*Web: www.num.org.za *

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