NUM takes on mining houses ‘meddling in their affairs’ with protest march

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The National Union of Mineworkers will be leading a march through the city of Matlosana in the North West on Friday to protest mine management meddling in their affairs.

According to a statement issued by the union on Thursday, the hostility from mine management against the NUM has intensified.

NUM Matlosana Regional Secretary Masibulele Naki also accused mine management of “proudly” meddling in the union’s affairs by using their position and resources to lobby for their preferred candidates at union branch meetings.

Naki’s statement also urged mine bosses to “avail themselves to receive” their demands.

Among the demands being made by the NUM include an immediate end to retrenchments “which is the brutal tactic they are applying every time when there are wage negotiations and towards the country‚Äôs national elections in 2019”.

The NUM also demanded an immediate end to the use of labour brokers and of contract workers “to perpetuate slavery wages and cheap labour”.

An improvement in safety measures is also being demanded, with Naki saying that in the last three years there has been an increase in fatalities that must be addressed.

“There is no interest from the mining houses to improve the safety measures in their mines to stop these fatalities”, he said.

The NUM also decried the end of services of the West Vaal hospital by mining houses like Harmony Gold and Village Main Reef after acquiring the Moab Khotsong and Kopanang mines “in the name” of focusing on “Core Business”.

The union also called for an end to retrenchments which have seen workers removed “in a cruel manner by mines from mine houses in this region without giving consideration to the family structure, and also this results in destabilizing children education.”

The union pointed out the neglect of issues of safety within mine communities that also needs to be addressed, as residents in the communities are “subjected to torture, rapes and all forms of the brutality of criminals roaming the streets freely. Women and children are the worst affected by the increase in crime in this mine communities.”

The union also claimed that mines are “not willing to comply in rehabilitation programs of old shafts that are not operational”.

The march is set to take place on Friday, from 14:00 until 18:00 and will begin at the Vaal Reefs Orkney.

“We are fully aware that mining companies thrive through divide and rule, we will not despair to demand that the parasitic capital must adhere to uniformity in terms of wage increases and other workers benefits,” the statement added.

The statement ended with the NUM vowing “not abandon the struggle to transform the mines, improve the socio-economic conditions of our members and the workers in general, to monitor and ensure that you perform your obligations to plough back into communities and labour-sending areas”.

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