Miners have threatened to shut down all Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) operations following the company’s announcement that it would retrench 6000 workers.
According to the SABC, the Workers’ Committee said that workers at all eleven of the country’s mines held meetings about the proposed retrenchments. The workers, who are currently on a go-slow, are upset by the proposed retrenchments as well as the fact that management had not kept its promise to re-open salary negotiations in January.
The committee acknowledged that the company isn’t making profits, but has pointed out that this should not come at the expense of the workers, the national broadcaster reported.
Amplats had originally planned to retrench 14 000 workers, but revised this number to 6000 following discussions with the Department of Mineral Resources.