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NUM declares a wage dispute with BHP Billiton‘s Hotazel mines
24 July 2012
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has this week declared a wage dispute with BHP Billiton‘s Hotazel Manganese mines in the Northern Cape. This comes after the company responded with a mere 5% offer to the NUM‘s 13% demand. "We have approached the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to make an intervention. They cannot be allowed to serve us with a section 89 notice when we are negotiating" says Orapeleng Moraladi, the NUM ‘s Regional Organiser in Kimberly.
The company has since threatened to retract the offer if the NUM does not consider it whilst at the same time threatening to retrench 44 workers. “We cannot be held to ransom by anyone, not by any company. It is our firm believe that this company can afford to pay an increase as demanded by the union. The employment security of our members cannot be used as a bargaining tool in exchange of wage increments” says Moraladi.
The National Union of Mineworkers has meanwhile sent a strong warning to the beleaguered company that it will be crippled through massive industrial action should it continue to play games. Members of the NUM eagerly await for the CCMA to issue a certificate of non-resolution to the dispute so that the company can be tackled with a massive strike action.
Orapeleng Moraladi (NUM Regional Organiser in Kimberly)- 082 863 7108
Lesiba Seshoka- (NUM National Spokesman)- 082 803 6719
Lesiba Seshoka (Spokesman)
National Union of Mineworkers
7 Rissik Street
Tel: 011 377 2047
Cell: 082 803 6719