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

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.