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NUM is shocked by four mining companies decision to retrench workers in Northern Cape

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The National Union Mineworkers (NUM) is shocked and saddened that four mining companies in Northern Cape had served the NUM with ( Section 189 notice of the Labour Relations Act) to retrench workers.
· Assmang Blackrock mine is intending to retrench 375 workers. The majority of these workers support a maximum of 10 people within their families.  This suggests that about 3 750 families will also be affected by the retrenchments. The company employs more than 2 500 workers.

 ·Diro Manganese Mine served the NUM with the same notice to retrench about 50 workers. Some of these workers support 10 people and this means that 500 close family members will be affected.

 ·Blue Chip is intending to retrench 319 workers and this means that 3 190 close family members will be affected by the retrenchments.

 ·Rockwell Diamonds is going to retrench 287 and 2 870 immediate family members will be affected. The company has already sent some of the workers home.
The mining industry is one of the biggest employers in the Northern Cape Province. The NUM condemns the four companies in the strongest words possible their behaviour and attitude  for being advocates of a jobs bloodbath by pushing for retrenchments at all costs. When there is a mining boom, mining executives pay themselves ridiculous bonuses and the workers get nothing. But when the mining boom is over workers are the first to be retrenched. This is unacceptable. 

The NUM will this month embark on a march Blackrock mine.
Date: 17 March 2015
Time:  06h00 in the morning
Venue: From the main company gate to the main offices
The purpose of the march is to hand over a memorandum of demands to the company and amongst the demands is for the company to stop the retrenchments and create jobs. To develop and empower the surrounding communities around the mine in line with Social and Labour Plans (SLP) particularly in Kuruman.

For more information, please contact: 
Lucas Phiri: NUM Kimberley Regional Coordinator: 082 883 7290
Neo Moyo: NUM Kimberley Regional Deputy Chairperson: 072 417 0080
Livhuwani Mammburu: Acting NUM National Spokesperson: 083 809 3257

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