JOHANNESBURG - The governing ANC said on Wednesday that it was emphatically against any retrenchments in both the private and public sectors, and that it was unsustainable for mineworkers to continue to bear the brunt of job losses.
Gold Fields, one of the world's largest gold mining firms, announced a restructuring at its South Deep operation on Tuesday which it said would result in about 1 560 jobs being cut.
The news came slightly over a week after Impala Platinum said it would cut 13 000 jobs over two years as part of a strategic restructuring process.
Gold Fields said notices in terms of Section 189 of the Labour Act would be served on the two unions representing workers, followed by a 60-day consultation process facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration. It said mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe had been informed of these developments.
The ANC said the mining sector was an industrial development backbone upon which the South African economy relied.