“The NUM members at Kimberley mines are extremely concerned that the sale of the Kimberley Mines was announced through the media and the NUM structures were never consulted,” the union said.

The sale could see about 600 employees’ future hanging in the limbo, NUM said.

De Beers has said it is considering the following three options for the Kimberley Mines: Closure of the mines in 2018; looking at other mining methods to extend the life beyond 2018; and selling the mines to a third party which can mine profitably beyond 2018.

It urged De Beers to sojourn the sale of this mine and restart the consultation process to ensure the sustainable employment and job security of NUM members and exhaust other options instead of setting employees up for possible downward variation of the conditions of employment. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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