The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it will be meeting with mining giant AngloGold Ashanti on Monday to discuss their proposed retrenchment plans.
This week the mining company notified the union of its plans to shed more than 800 jobs citing company restructuring and not meeting their goal targets.
The union has hit back at the mining company, saying they are disappointed that it would consider such a drastic option.
The NUM's Tafa Moya says the union is confident there are other alternatives to avoid job losses at a time when unemployment rates are high in the country.
“This is bad news for us as NUM, as the unemployment rate is very high. We cannot expect government to be an employee or else we expect private sector to create and secure current jobs.”
Moya says the union is ready to approach the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) if no mutually beneficial resolution is found with the mining company.