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29 January 2013

South Africa: Amplats Postpones Retrenchment of 14 000 Workers

The battle for union control at the Amplats mine in Rustenburg is heating up. Thirteen people were injured yesterday when the Association of ... ( Resource: Battle for Union Control at Amplats

Pretoria — The retrenchment of 14 000 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) mineworkers has been put on hold for at least two months.

This comes after government, Amplats and organised labour had reached an agreement to postpone the retrenchment.

Earlier this month, Amplats announced that it will be retrenching about 14 000 workers due to the strikes that resulted in the company not generating profits.

At the meeting, the parties resolved to postpone the continuation of the Section 189 process under the Labour Relations Act, that had commenced on 15 January 2013, in order to allow for a detailed consultation process to take place between the Department of Mineral Resources, Amplats and organised labour.

They also agreed to expedite the consultation process and take no more than 60 days, beginning 30 January 2013.

The tripartite members re-committed to engage constructively for the benefit of all stakeholders and will communicate progress updates as and when appropriate.

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