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The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) Kimberley Regional Office has learnt with shock of an apparent industrial action at Hotazel Manganese Mines, a subsidiary of BHP Billiton.
The NUM will deploy a high-level team to investigate the root cause and challenges that led the employees and some of our members to down tools. As a signatory to the Framework Agreement for a Sustainable Mining Industry, we call on all HMM employees to allow current discussions between the NUM led Task Team and HMM Management to continue and on Monday morning return to their shifts at both Wessels and Mamatwane mining operations. We are informed that there are three possible triggers for the current action by employees, namely:
1. An incident at Wessels mining operation that led to a suspension of an NUM member, which is being investigating by both parties;
2. The Disinvestment of BHP Billiton, uncertainty in the South 32 providing sustainable employment and possible future altering of conditions employment.
3. Lastly allegations of a 2007 Employee Share Ownership Scheme.
We call on all parties to apply restraint and ensures that due processes are followed at all times, the union structures will be in constant contact with our members through our branch and regional offices.
For more information, please contact:
Lucas Phiri: NUM Kimberley Regional Coordinator: 082 883 7290
Livhuwani Mammburu: Acting NUM National Spokesperson: 083 809 3257
7 Rissik Street.
Tel: 011 377 2111
Twitter: @Num Media