The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM is shocked and saddened with the
notice they received from Sibanye Gold after they served the NUM with
section 189 notice to retrench about 1, 702 permanent workers at its
operation Cooke 4 in Westonaria, west of Johannesburg
The retrenchment of 1,702 permanent workers is bad given the fact that the
majority of mineworkers support 10 people per family which mean that a lot
of people will be negatively affected by this retrenchment.
The NUM calls for Sibanye Gold to implement Section 189 of the Labour
Relations Act of 1995 in alignment with the Minerals and Petroleum
Resources Development (MPRDA) Act of 2002 Section 52 which states that if
the company anticipate retrenching 10% or more employees it has to inform
the Minister of Minerals Resources. The NUM request Minister of Mineral
Resources Mosebenzi Zwane to intervene immediately to stop this drastic
action by the company that will leave hundreds of mineworkers in a dire
situation and the surrounding communities in the West Rand.
"The NUM will fight tooth and nail to make sure that its members are not
retrenched cheaply. The NUM remain fearless, committed, dedicated and
unshaken in fighting for the mineworkers. The NUM does not want to see
mineworkers being retrenched. We will engage Sibanye Gold.
For more information, please contact:
Bonginkosi Mrasi: NUM Branch Secretary at Cooke 4: 078 188 4300
Livhuwani Mammburu: NUM National Spokesperson, 083 809 3257
7 Rissik Street.
Tel: 011 377 2111
Twitter: @Num Media
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