Johannesburg - Amcu will not accept the retrenchment of permanent workers while labour brokers and contractors are “protected” by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), the union said on Monday.
“One of the fundamental speaking points in the draft agreement is the issue of retrenching affected workers while the company still engages volumes of labour hire contractors who are performing core functions that our affected members can perform,” Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union president Joseph Mathunjwa said.
Addressing reporters in Johannesburg, Mathunjwa said Amcu had a mandate from members not to accept retrenchments while Amplats had not explored all alternatives as envisaged in labour legislation.
He accused Amplats of protecting the interests of labour hire contractors at the expense of its own workers.
Amcu members downed tools two weeks ago over plans by Amplats to retrench 3300 employees at its Rustenburg operations.
“We are urging the company to suspend the termination of affected employees who have been issued with notices of termination, until such time... as engagements have been concluded,” Mathunjwa said. - Sapa