Workers at Implats down tools over wages

Workers at Implats down tools over wages

Mine workers at Impala Platinum in North West have embarked on an indefinite strike

NUMSA Lanxess Mine

The miners, affiliated to the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), downed tools on Monday morning. 

Reagetswe Mining Group, Triple M Mining, and Newrak mining are all service providers to the mining company.

Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola says Triple M and Reagetswe management is refusing to bargain and to recognise NUMSA as a bargaining agent despite a Labour Court ruling.

"We served all these companies with a notice to strike. These contractors are exploiting workers by paying them a fraction of what their permanent colleagues earn for doing the same job. These contract companies grossly exploit workers, and Impala Platinum has shamefully washed its hands of the situation."

Hlubi-Majola says Numsa meets the threshold and workers have chosen it as their union of choice.

"At Newrak Numsa is a recognised union, but the mine management is refusing to grant Numsa access to the workplace, and it will not allow us to represent members or hold meetings there. They are saying Implats does not want Numsa at the workplace."


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