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The National Union Mineworkers (NUM) is shocked and saddened that ASA Dilokong Chrome Mine in Limpopo had served the NUM with Section 189 notice of the Labour Relations Act to retrench 700 workers.
ASA Dilokong Mine is contemplating retrenchment of up to 700 employees in their operation and remains with few employees who are going to do maintenance of the mine.
The NUM strongly condemns the behaviour of this arrogant company not to follow the due processes of the law in terms of the Labour Relations Act (LRA) and Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA). It is evident that the company is undermining the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). It is regrettable and unacceptable to see DMR being undermined and disrespected by this company.
The company must implement Section 189 of the Labour Relations Act of 1995 at the same time with the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development (MPRDA) Act of 2002 Section 52 which states that if the company anticipate to retrench 10% or more employees it has to inform the Minister of Minerals Resources. The NUM request Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane to intervene immediately to stop this drastic action by the company that will leave hundreds of mineworkers in a dire situation and the surrounding communities in Limpopo. The high number of retrenchments will contribute to a high unemployment rate in South Africa which is sitting at 25,5%.
The NUM is also highly disturbed and disappointed with the company for refusing to meet with the NUM leadership to try and resolve the problems. The company has turned down several requests to meet them since the 14th of December 2015.
As the NUM, we are going to make sure that this company together with Limpopo Economic development is not going to run away with the crime. We are also busy consulting with our legal team to challenge the non-payment of all employees since November last year by this arrogant employer.
"We want to appeal to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to prioritise this matter and do the correct thing by calling the parties to a facilitation process. It is highly questionable why the CCMA cannot the put priority on this issue," said Phillip Mankge, NUM North East Regional Secretary.
"The NUM extremely disappointed that the Limpopo Economic Development department and the board of directors of this company in the manner they handled this matter, it is evident that they are powerless and are controlled by a mere HR Manager who is calling shots from this company," Mankge added.
As the NUM, we will fight tooth and nail to make sure that these retrenchments do not happen.
The NUM will continue to defend and protect the job security of mineworkers at all cost.
The NUM in its 34 years of existence had fought very hard against the brutal apartheid regime and employers. We remain unshaken and will not be intimidated by this arrogant company ASA Metals.
For more information, please contact:
Phillip Mankge: NUM North East Regional Secretary: 083536 5947 or 076 053 3401.Livhuwani Mammburu: Acting NUM National Spokesman: 083 809 3257
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