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COSATU calls on Sibanye Gold to halt its planned retrenchments
The Congress of South African Trade Unions calls Sibanye Gold management to halt its plans to retrench a further 2000 to add to the already 1350 workers that have already been released. What irks the federation is that this ongoing jobs bloodbath, where an estimated 7 000 workers will be retrenched at Cooke Mine is happening without proper and meaningful consultation with unions.
It is troubling to hear that the mine management has already sent forced retrenchments termination letters to more than 2 000 workers at Cooke 1 to 3. COSATU continues to call for a moratorium on retrenchments until a jobs summit is convened. It disturbing that some of most of these retrenchments are imposed on workers in the most inhumane of ways with no semblance of dignity, including the re-skilling the workers.
Despite many firms receiving tax credits for training they are not interested in re-skilling workers. The so called fourth industrial revolution is accelerating mechanisation of the mining sector.
It is for this reason that we are calling for the Department of Labour to amend the law in order to require all retrenchments to be referred to CCMA for approval than merely notification and consultation.
The current law is very generous to firms or capital because for example re-skilling of workers is optional. We need to change our labour and tax laws in order to address negative effects of technology on labour and on consumers.
Issued by COSATU
Sizwe Pamla (Cosatu National Spokesperson)
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