Numsa heads to court to fight interdict preventing strike at Implats’ Rustenburg mines

21st June 2022

By: Donna Slater

Features Deputy Editor and Chief Photographer


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Labour union the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is heading to the Labour Court on June 21 to lay out its case for wanting about 4 000 of its members, employed by three mining contractors, to embark on a strike at Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) Rustenburg mines.

One of the contractor companies has filed an interdict application with the Labour Court in a bid to prevent its employees from striking.

Numsa intended for the 4 000 contractor employees to start a strike on June 20 over alleged exploitation and unequal pay.

Numsa says that, for example, an Implats rock drill operator (RDO) earns a minimum R17 000 a month, with added benefits such as medical aid and provident fund.

However, Numsa says a contractor-employed RDO earns not more than R5 000 a month, with no benefits to choose from.

“It is utterly disgraceful that workers are expected to risk their lives underground for peanuts,” says Numsa in a statement on June 21.

Edited by Chanel de Bruyn
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online


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