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NUM refutes former Murray & Roberts workers complaints

23 November 2009

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) notes with regret the incidents that are taking place at Aquarius Platinum mine in Kroondal outside Rustenburg in which police officers and other workers were injured whilst other former workers conducted an underground sit-in.

The NUM has repeatedly encouraged those workers to return to work prior to their unprotected strike action. They however vowed to continue with the action even though a settlement agreement was reached and the majority had accepted it. Murray & Roberts then dismissed them and as a union we intervened on their behalf to be reinstated of which the company agreed. On reinstatement, they went on another illegal strike action. The NUM further renegotiated with the employer after their second dismissal and got a reinstatement of which they later went on another illegal strike and were then finally dismissed.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is an organization for disciplined cadres and a progressive force involved in the genuine fight for workers rights. We therefore call on the law enforcement agencies to ensure that those who are involved in all these irregular activities are arrested and no one disguises criminal activity as labour matters. We further call on the company to ensure the safety of its workforce and its operations. Although the NUM has taken their matter legally, the union will review its stance with regard to those who are implicated in criminal deeds.

Lesiba Seshoka
Head: Media & Communications
National Union of Mineworkers
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