Johannesburg - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says 5 108 workers were retrenched at Lonmin despite extensive attempts by unions to save as many jobs as possible.
NUM chief negotiator at Lonmin Erick Gcilitshana denied rumours that 6 000 jobs were saved.
He said that, after 7 months of consultations at the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), together with Solidarity and UASA, only 1 297 jobs were saved.
Lonmin had issued section 189 notices to retrench 6 600 workers in July last year.
“We can confirm that 5 108 members were retrenched. 2 462 people took voluntary severance packages and have exited the company,” said Gcilitshana.