PRESS RELEASE: Possible retrenchment of mineworkers has dire consequences for the SA economy
In 2012, COSATU called on the mineworkers to engage in industrial action to put pressure on the management and owners of the mines give in to the workers' demands.
COSATU's call resulted in the wave of devastating wildcat strikes that engulfed the mining sector towards to the end of last year.
It took the intervention of mediators from various sectors of society to resolve the impasse.
It is however concerning to hear that the management of the various mines is now planning to retrench some of its workforce. It seems that the mineworkers will be retrenched in reprisal for their involvement and role in the wildcat strikes. This is wrong, considering that COSATU made the call for the workers to strike.
The United Democratic Movement (UDM) calls on President Zuma and the Marikana Commission to halt any possible retrenchment of mineworkers until the Commission has concluded its work. This important since the Commission was instituted to shed light on some of these very issues.
We propose that the South African Chamber of Mines, trade unions and Government hold a roundtable discussion to debate potential solutions to the possible retrenchments. Government should go into these discussions with a view to bail out the struggling mining sector. After all, it has done so in the past. Furthermore, industrial countries have also not hesitated to do the same to their ailing industries in times of crisis. Failure to do this would result in another debilitating round of toyi-toying, which would further cripple the South African economy.
STATEMENT ISSUED BY MR BANTU HOLOMISA, MP - UDM PRESIDENT
Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP