Johannesburg, South Africa — 22 May 2013
A tripartite agreement has been reached between Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and the relevant trade unions on measures which will cut Amplats job losses below the 6,000 proposed by the company.
In a statement released here, Amplats said the parties had spent the past week engaging on interventions to reduce the impact of restructuring on mineworkers. “This process has now reached a stage whereby parties have agreed on measures and mitigation plans that will preserve jobs,” it added.
“Anglo American Platinum, government and the unions will seek to resume the structured process under the auspices of the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) on Friday 24 May,” the statement continued.
Following the announcement of its proposals, Anglo American Platinum and its recognised unions had agreed to suspend section 189 consultations to allow for engagement to take place with the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and the unions.
“All parties worked diligently with the DMR to get to this point and agree that the measures will serve as a basis for meaningful consultation with employees and their representative structures,” said the statement. “The parties are committed to ensuring a sustainable platinum mining industry that will contribute positively to the South African economy,” it concluded.
Source: Anglo American Platinum. For more information, click here.