JOHANNESBURG - Trade union Solidarity has called on the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE) to can its recently unveiled draft amendments to the Mineral Petroleum Resources Development Regulations.
Solidarity general secretary Gideon Du Plessis said yesterday that the union was not convinced that the proposed amendments were necessary, charging that the DMRE had entered trade unions’ and mining companies’ territory unnecessarily regarding the prevention and handling of retrenchments.
“Solidarity recommends that the proposed regulation regarding the duplication of a retrenchment process is scrapped, but that it should also be considered to scrap the Mining and Minerals Development Board,” Du Plessis said.
The union’s call comes after the DMRE announced the gazetted amendments to the regulations, as well as the draft Mine Community Resettlement Guidelines for public comments.
The department said yesterday that the affected parties, including host communities, landowners, traditional authorities and the holders of informal rights, had 30 days to comment on the notices.