Union lobbying to save Noranda jobs, but some workers want redundancy
Despite assurances from Noranda Bauxite that they are working to reinstate workers who were recently laid off, some have indicated that they would prefer to be made redundant.
The University and Allied Workers Union (UAWU) which represents some 22 of the workers has been lobbying for Noranda to reinstate the workers.
UAWU president Lambert Brown says Noranda has indicated that the lay off period may be shorter than was originally intended and that they are working to secure new bauxite markets so they can take back workers.
However, Brown says some workers do not wish to be reinstated.
Brown says talks with Noranda have been going well.
However, he says the UAWU will still consider taking the issue with Noranda to the labour ministry if negotiations break down.