Johannesburg - The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) will approach the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday to challenge Anglo American Platinum's (Amplats) retrenchment procedures.
Amplats spokeswoman Mpumi Sithole said the company was aware of the urgent application.
“We have embarked upon an extensive consultation process and have discharged all our obligations under Section 189,” she said.
Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act deals with retrenchment processes.
“The company will however continue to engage with Num through established channels.”
The company announced in January that 14 000 jobs would be cut as part of its restructuring process.
On Friday it said retrenchment avoidance measures like redeployment into vacancies across the group, voluntary severance, and early retirements had resulted in the number of employees to be retrenched being reduced to 3300.
The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union downed tools on the same day in protest.
According to the SA Labour Guide's website, companies found not to have followed fair procedures for retrenchments could be ordered to compensate the retrenched workers.
Such compensation could be up to one year's normal remuneration for each retrenched worker.
On Monday Business Day reported Num general secretary Frans Baleni as saying that the union decided to pursue the matter in court rather than through industrial action.
But Num had not ruled out striking over the retrenchment issue.
“The (national executive committee of) Num condemned Anglo Platinum's insincerity in its application of the section 189 process and for reneging on agreed terms,” Baleni was quoted as saying. - Sapa