Johannesburg - The United Association of SA (Uasa) on Thursday said it had secured the employment of about two thousand mine workers affected by a merger between Sibanye Gold and Newshelf.

The union successfully secured the job safety of the employees, irrespective of their union affiliation, on February 5, said Uasa divisional manager Franz Stehring.

This was for a period of two years, said Stehring.

“The merging parties shall not retrench any employee, as a result of the merger, for a period of two years following the merger implementation date.”

Stehring said the retrenchments had not included voluntary separation packages or voluntary early retirement packages.

Uasa, who received notice of the merger in November last year, was the only union who immediately lodged an objection at the Competition Commission, he said.

Sibanye Gold could not reached for comment.

Uasa is one of several unions affiliated to the Federation of Trade Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) and represents around 73,000

employees. - Sapa