SOUTH AFRICA: The planned retrenchments by Anglo Platinum must stop immediately, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) demanded yesterday.
This was one of the demands put forward in a memorandum handed over to Anglo Platinum and Impala Platinum when the two unions marched to the Rustenburg municipal offices.
Amplats announced in January it would retrench nearly 14,000 workers, and later that month it delayed the retrenchments by two months for consultation.
The memorandum also demanded the end of ‘union bashing’ at Impala Platinum and the immediate re-opening of the NUM offices there.
Cosatu said it subscribes to the notion of freedom of association as enshrined in the Constitution and condemned any form of intimidation which intended to force workers to join union which they did not choose.