NUM fights to save jobs at CAPM mine

2021-Aug-15   09:39

NUM fights to save jobs at CAPM mine
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in the North West says it will do everything in its powers to protect jobs at the China Africa Precious Metals (CAPM) mine.

- Dimakatso Genkoe

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in the North West says it will do everything in its powers to protect jobs at the China Africa Precious Metals (CAPM) mine.

The union says it is not going to allow the mine to retrench 80% of its workforce, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Orkney-based mine is apparently planning to retrench 200 out of 301 employees. 

NUM's Regional Secretary in Matlosana, Masibulele Naki, told Newsnote on Saturday that the company issued a notice of its intentions to retrench workers in June. He said union rejected that immediately. 

“We suggested that the mine put workers on layoffs instead of cutting jobs, but the mine also rejected our suggestion. And our members gave us a clear mandate that we have to fight and make sure that we defend any job losses," Naki said.

Newsnote has learnt that there are two meetings expected to take place in the next two weeks with the CCMA to try and resolve the stand-off. 

Naki said the NUM would be part of these meetings and if the mine continues with its decision to cut jobs, the union would retaliate by embarking on a strike.

He said workers were badly affected by the COVID-19 lockdown and are not going to allow job losses. 

The mine had not responded to Newsnote questions at the time of publishing.

 

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