UASA will fight tooth and nail to defend its members’ rights after Amplats announced its plans to reduce its mining and processing footprint by retrenching a total of 14 000 workers. The process Amplats intends to follow is flawed and not in accordance with labour legislation.
The jobs and income of 5 000 UASA members are at risk.
Amplats announced to its employees that as from today, employees affected by these proposed changes would be notified as soon as possible as part of a formal, collective consultation process.
UASA strongly objects to the process that Amplats wants to follow as stated in a notice to its employees.
The announcement of the possible retrenchment of 14 000 workers is premature in terms of section 189 (3) (b) since the affected workers have already started receiving notification and UASA, and presumably other unions, have not been consulted yet. This means the process Amplats is following is not according to the Labour Relations Act.
UASA calls on Amplats to follow proper procedure, or face the consequences.