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So. Africa: AngloGold Ashanti issues notices of intention to retrench 8 500 mine workers; unions say they will oppose the move as it increases poverty in mining communities

Africa's biggest gold miner AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) is planning to retrench 8,500 mine workers as part of restructuring its South African operations. AGA sent notices to workers union end of June notifying them of the pending retrenchments. AngloGold Ashanti’s South African operations employs about 28,000 people, including contractors. Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane reportedly met with the Chief Executive Officer of AGA, Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan, to discuss the matter, and also instructed the Minerals and Petroleum Board to verify whether the information provided by the company motivating for the retrenchments took into consideration industry commitments to save jobs. Trade union Solidarity reportedly confirmed that its members have received retrenchment notices. National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) AngloGold Ashanti shaft stewards also met to deliberate on section 189(3) notices issued by the company and resolved to oppose the retrenchments as well as engage the company and government departments on the matter. Speaking on the matter, AngloGold Ashanti chief executive officer is quoted as having said "This is a difficult decision which follows a period of significant and - ultimately - unsustainable losses, and also the evaluation of the options available to return our South African business to profitability,”

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9 July 2017

Workers union resolves to oppose planned retrenchments by AngloGold Ashanti; says retrenchments will increase poverty in mining communities

Author: Mining Review Africa (South Africa)

"NUM AngloGold Ashanti shaft stewards council to oppose retrenchments", 7 July 2017

National Union of Mineworkers AngloGold Ashanti shaft stewards have met to deliberate section 189(3) notices issued by AngloGold Ashanti...The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) believes the planned retrenchments will create more unemployment, increase poverty in mining communities and create ghost towns with no hope. The meeting resolved to oppose the planned retrenchments. In addition NUM will engage relevant government departments and the company in an effort to avoid job losses. This follows an announcement at the end of June by AngloGold Ashanti that it could retrench up to 8 500 employees in South Africa...

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7 July 2017

AngloGold Ashanti issues unions with notice of intention to retrench 8 500 workers

Author: Adiel Ismail, News 24 (South Africa)

"Charter warning as AngloGold starts retrenching 8 500 workers", 28 June 2017

AngloGold Ashanti...is embarking on retrenchments that could see 8 500 workers lose their jobs, a move seen as the first of many to hit the mining industry as a consequence of the Mining Charter..."This is a difficult decision which follows a period of significant and - ultimately - unsustainable losses, and also the evaluation of the options available to return our South African business to profitability," said AngloGold Ashanti chief executive officer Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan. Trade union Solidarity confirmed on Wednesday that its members have received retrenchment notices. It warned that this round of job shedding could be the beginning of a trend in retrenchments in the mining sector due to the negative impact of the Mining Charter...According to Connie Prinsloo, deputy general secretary of the mining industry at Solidarity, AngloGold Ashanti's announcement is especially worrying since the firm already cut almost 990 jobs during a previous retrenchment process. “The trade union will now intensively engage with the management of AGA with the aim of finding solutions to retain as many jobs as possible at the mine. Solidarity will of course be pleased with every job that can possibly be saved,” said Prinsloo...

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7 July 2017

Mineral Resources Minister reportedly attempts to block AngloGold Ashanti from laying off 8 500 workers; says company should consider industry's commitment to saving jobs

Author: Ihsaan Haffejee, Daily Maverick (South Africa)

"Zwane attempts to block layoffs at AngloGold", 3 July 2017

Mineral Resources Minister, Mosebenzi Zwane, on Friday instructed the Minerals and Petroleum Board to verify whether the information provided by AngloGold Ashanti that it plans to retrench more than 8000 workers took into consideration industry commitments to save jobs. This comes after AngloGold Ashanti said recently that it had started a consultation process with employees to retrench 8500 workers at its South African operations. AngloGold Ashanti employs about 28000 people, including contractors...Zwane met with the chief executive of AngloGold Ashanti, Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan, and his executives on Friday. “We continue to appeal to companies to act responsibly and with sensitivity. These are not just numbers to be thrown around, but people’s livelihoods and future job prospects, and we should not take this matter lightly,” Zwane said...Anglo Gold Ashanti wants to place on care and maintenance the Kopanang mine in the Vaal River region, and the Savuka section of the TauTona mine, in the West Wits Region.

 

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