Mine Retrenches

By John Chimunhu|
Workers at Mimosa platinum mine in Zvishavane have vowed to resist the company’s reported plans to retrench a substantial part of its nearly 2000-strong workforce and lower wages before year-end.
Unsigned circulars distributed clandestinely to workers by union officials on Wednesday claimed that Aquarius and Impala Platinum of South Africa wanted to scale down operations in Zimbabwe.
The two companies – joint shareholders in the mine’s Mauritius-registered holding company – did not comment on the reports.
The workers said they would resort to strikes starting on November 14.
“We are ready for another Marikana. The company should be giving us more money, not threatening us with retrenchments in order to silence us,” an official told Now Daily, adding the workers expected a minimum monthly salary of $1200 from January.
“The company’s top management are living large, owning fleets of cars, holidaying in Australia and donating millions to politicians but what do we get? Peanuts!”

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