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JIC Mining Studies Firing Staff in South Africa, Talks to Union

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Nov. 1 (Bloomberg) -- JIC Mining Services Ltd., a provider of labor to the industry in South Africa, is considering firing workers at all levels amid a spate of strikes in the country.

“We are contemplating terminating the services of some employees based on operational requirements,” Andre Oldknow, a human resources director, said by phone. The cuts would affect workers across all skill levels and duties, he said.

JIC announced plans to dismiss 281 employees at Hernic Ferrochrome Ltd. after a change in its service agreement and business model, Louis Pretorius, a spokesman for the Solidarity union, said in a statement. Pretoria-based JIC will fire 376 at International Ferro Metals Ltd. when its contract ends, he said.

“At this stage transfers are being considered as an alternative but it is not yet clear how many employees will be able to avoid retrenchment in this way,” the union said.

JIC employs about 7,200 people, including from South Africa and nations such as Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho and Botswana, according to its website. The exact number depends on contracts.

To contact the reporter on this story: Paul Burkhardt in Johannesburg at pburkhardt@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Viljoen at jviljoen@bloomberg.net

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