Picture: Oupa Mokoena.

Johannesburg - The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has been asked to facilitate discussions between Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and unions about planned retrenchments, it said on Thursday.

“The request comes in the wake of a decision by Amplats to give employees notice that it is contemplating retrenchments and would like to consult over this matter,” the CCMA said in a statement.

Earlier this month, Amplats said it was planning a restructuring which could lead to the retrenchment of 14,000 workers at its operations. About 13,000 of them were from Rustenburg, in North West.

The CCMA said consulting parties had agreed to postpone the retrenchment process for 60 days to enable them to engage with the mineral resources department “with a view to finding appropriate solutions.” - Sapa