Johannesburg - The retrenchment of nearly 14 000 minerworkers at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) was postponed on Monday to allow for a detailed consultation process to take place.
The mineral resources department, Amplats and unions met on Monday and decided to postpone the Section 189 process under the Labour Relations Act
“ 1/8The meeting resolved to 3/8 expedite the consultation process and take no more than 60 days, beginning January 30,” they said in a joint statement.
“The tripartite members re-committed to engage constructively for the benefit of all stakeholders and will communicate progress updates as and when appropriate.”
The unions represented at Amplats are the National Union of Mineworkers, the Associated Mineworkers & Construction Union, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and UASA.
Amplats announced the retrenchments on January 15. About 13 000 workers were from Rustenburg, in the North West. - Sapa