Consol: employees to be laid off at some operations

Consol Glass (CSG), which is presently constructing a state-of-the-art glass manufacturing plant, said 183 permanent jobs would be created by the plant and 36 young people from Duduza were being train…

Consol Glass (CSG), which is presently constructing a state-of-the-art glass manufacturing plant, said 183 permanent jobs would be created by the plant and 36 young people from Duduza were being trained to be part of the workforce at the new plant. Meanwhile, workers picketed the company“s plant in Pretoria, due to reports that the company was spending money on expansion, while 32 workers would apparently lose their jobs at some of its operations. Consol Glass confirmed that there was a restructuring process that could result in employees being given the option of voluntary retrenchment. The company, however, did not release information regarding the people who would be affected by the restructuring. It is important to note that Consol is still in the consultation process, which has not yet been concluded. The process does include the option of voluntary retrenchment. In the interests of employee confidentiality Consol is not able to confirm details until such time as the consultation procedures have been concluded, marketing and communication manager Janine Loftie-Eaton said. According to Loftie-Eaton, if the affected workers had the appropriate skills for vacancies at any one of the five Consol operations they would be considered. The retrenchments at CSG are site specific and the production demands for the plants are different. The business and staffing requirements for the Consol Nigel plant are different to that of the existing CSG production demands and staffing requirements, she said. Management, in consultation with the union, will review the list, explained Loftie-Eaton.