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Press Statement, 05 March 2020
THE IS OUTRAGED BY THE REFUSAL OF TSHIPI E NTLE MANGANESE MINE TO ACCOMMODATE EMPLOYEES WHO ARE BEING DISMISSED BY ITS SERVICE PROVIDER
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in the Kimberley Region is outraged and disturbed by how Tshipi E Ntle Manganese Mine treated the employees who were employed by the service provider Motse Civil Engineering.
"We have been engaging the company ( Motse Civil Engineering ) on how to avoid mass dismissals since their commercial contract has been terminated by Tshipi E ntle Manganese Mine. We tried in several occasion to engage Tshipi E Ntle as the main employer for possible accommodation of the affected employees by the incoming contracted service provider, but no success except the arrogance and a don’t care attitude displayed in their response, thus showing us a middle finger," said Cornelius Manhe, NUM Kimberley Regional Secretary.
"This arrogance by Tshipi E Ntle the main employer means that hundreds of hundred unemployed people will be thrown into the ocean of poverty as the result of dismissals, adding to the current unemployment stats," added Manhe.
Since the 31st January 2020, our members were ordered not to report for duty, without any source of income and no hope of what the next days hold for them.
The attitude by Tshipi E Ntle for not taking into cognisance the social and well being of those employees who have contributed to it being successful is unacceptable and appalling.
The NUM calls on Tshipi E Ntle Manganese Mine Management to come to their senses and facilitate the accommodation of the affected employees by the new contracted service provider, thus ensuring that the unemployment in the province does not rise.
NUM will continue to defend its members through these tough times and ensure that justice is served and those arrogant and uncaring employers like Tshipi E Ntle are exposed.
For more information, please contact:
Cornelius Manhe, NUM Kimberley Regional Secretary, 079 871 5514
7 Rissik Street.
Tel: 011 377 2111
Twitter: @Num Media