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So. Africa: AngloGold Ashanti engages unions on plans to lay off over 800 workers; union says agreement reached to halt retrenchments

AngloGold Ashanti is reportedly engaged in talks with unions to lay off more than 800 workers at its South African operations. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) confirmed on Friday last week that it had received notice from AngloGold of a plan to dismiss 849 workers from its South African operations, which include Sibanye Gold, Harmony, and Gold Fields. NUM has announced that the union and the mining company met and agreed that workers would be transferred to other business units within the company and the other workers would be re-skilled for other jobs. AngloGold Ashanti spokesperson Chris Nthite confirmed meeting with NUM representatives, but said it was too early to predict the overall outcome of the agreement.

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23 January 2017

AngloGold Ashanti to lay off over 800 workers; unions say they are seriously concerned

Author: Reuters (South Africa)

"AngloGold Ashanti plans to axe 800 staff", 20 Jan 2017

AngloGold Ashanti is in talks with unions to lay off more than 800 workers at its South African operations...after years of declines in output in the country due to regulatory issues...“AngloGold Ashanti’s South Africa region is contemplating the dismissal of certain employees on the basis of its operational requirements,” said a letter dated January 17 signed by AngloGold chief operating officer Chris Sheppard...AngloGold, which vies with Gold Fields, Harmony and Sibanye Gold in South Africa, declined to comment on the number of jobs at stake, but said it had started talks with unions and regulators that could lead to job cuts...The spokesman for the National Union of Mineworkers, which represents the majority of workers in the sector, said his union looked at the matter with “serious concern.”

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23 January 2017

Labour union says it has agreed with AngloGold Ashanti on a plan to save jobs; company says too early to tell what will happen

Author: Siphelele Dludla, IOL (South Africa)

"NUM temporarily saves Anglogold Ashanti jobs", 23 Jan 2017

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Monday, said that it had successfully negotiated an agreement to avoid retrenchments at AngloGold Ashanti following the mine's decision to lay off more than 800 workers at its South African operations...NUM met with Anglogold Ashanti with the purpose to seek avoidance measures that would minimise the retrenchment of workers to zero after the gold miner issued Section 189 notice to retrench 849 workers...On Monday NUM Mining Coordinator at AngloGold Ashanti Tafa Moya, said the union and the miner agreed that workers would be transferred to other business units within the company and the other workers would be re-skilled for other jobs...AngloGold Ashanti spokesperson Chris Nthite confirmed the meeting, but said it was too early to predict the overall outcome of the agreement...

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