Amplats in talks about slashing jobs

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Johannesburg - Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is discussing its planned retrenchment of nearly 14,000 mineworkers with concerned parties on Monday.

“Anglo American Platinum confirms that it is engaged in discussions with its key stakeholders - labour unions and government - regarding the portfolio review. Updates will be issued as and when appropriate,” spokeswoman Mpumi Sithole said.

A formal announcement on whether talks had succeeded in saving jobs was expected on Monday.

According to a report on Sunday, Amplats had put the planned retrenchments on hold for two months.

Unnamed sources told The Sunday Independent that Amplats chief executive Chris Griffiths had written to affected unions confirming Amplats' decision to allow a two-month moratorium on its restructuring.

Amplats announced the retrenchments on January 15.

About 13,000 workers were from Rustenburg, in the North West.

According to The Sunday Independent, part of Amplats' new agreement could include setting up a task team to investigate the findings on the profitability of the two shafts it planned to shut. - Sapa



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