Labour hails plan to save mining jobs


JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) - THE Congress of South African Trade Unions has welcomed the Mining Industry Ten Point Plan to curb the looming job losses through retrenchments.

The labour body said the interventions were decisive.

We further call for diversification of economic to discontinue with too much reliance on mining industry, with labour intensive economic activities re-ignited in agriculture, manufacturing and agro-processing
for sustainable economic growth,Norman Mampane, COSATU Acting National Spokesperson, said.

COSATU as it prepares to meet with the President of the country in engaging on how to sustain economic growth in the country and ensuring that all national and provincial targets on job creation are in the
pipeline are implemented, all employers must halt planned retrenchments.

Mampane said COSATU supported the thrust of the Ten-Point Plan which amongst others, include delaying the implementation of retrenchments, enhancing productivity and managing costs pressure, other alternatives to avoid job losses, support for mineworkers in the event that job losses could not be avoided, streaming the process for downscaling, updating the
database and exploring fiscal instruments among others.

All workers have a right to decent work, said Mampane.

About 19 000 jobs are said to be currently at risk of being lost in the mining sector  

-CAJ News

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