Talks Between AshantiGold and Miner’s Unions Continue

The Central University of the Free State and the labour unions representing its staff seem to have reached an agreement.

More talks were held between trade unions and AngloGold Ashanti regarding the measures that the mining giant should undertake regarding the future of 800 workers.

Earlier on last month, AngloGold Ashanti announced these workers might be retrenched. Meetings between Solidarity, the National Union of Mineworkers and other unions were held on Monday and Tuesday and according to AngloGold Ashanti spokesperson, Chris Nthite, talks remain ongoing.

Solidarity spokesperson, Connie Prinsloo, confirmed this as true and also added that they are waiting for a commissioner from the CCMA to be appointed so that the 60-day retrenchment process may be facilitated and undertaken.

Prinsloo added that whether or not the 60-day CCMA process happens, will depend on what will be agreed to with the gold producer in future meetings.

He also added that AngloGold Ashanti has informed the unions that it will follow the steps outlined in section 189A of the Labour Relations Act, which pertains to the processes that companies considering retrenchments must follow, even though they are considering other alternatives such as staff retraining and transfers.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) spokesperson, Livhuwani Mammburu opted to stay mum on the matter, saying that he would much rather add his comment after the next meeting they are set to have with AngloGold Ashanti on Thursday.

We will keep you updated on this story.

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