The National Union for Miners (NUM) has called on the Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe, to protect jobs at the Gold Field Mine.
It follows after the mine announced that it was forced to lay down 1,100 workers and added that the number of contractors was reduced to 420.
The announcement of Gold Field comes only a few days after the ANC regime had a so-called working meeting to ensure that no retrenchments were made but apparently this was an overall failed attempt.
During the meeting, plans were laid on the table which presented that new jobs will be generate, of which nothing has come to the present.
The NUM trade union represents about 80% of the miners as well as 2,214 contractors, but experts point out that the trade union rarely succeeds in ensuring job opportunities for its members.
With the latest announcement of the mining group, the unemployment rate continues to rise, and it becomes clear that the Ramaphosa regime could not do anything to stop the trend.
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