Num under fire

2012-09-20 16:25

Johannesburg - The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) has come under fire over its concerns about the future of collective bargaining after the Lonmin pay settlement.

"It is... sickening that unions who claim to be revolutionary and claim to represent workers' interests are the ones who express unhappiness when workers make progress on their own," said a statement attributed to a group calling itself "Economic Freedom Fighters" on Thursday.

Floyd Shivambu, spokesperson for expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema, was listed as a contact person on the statement.

The group also criticised Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi for expressing caution over the outcome of the Lonmin strike.

Lonmin miners on Tuesday settled a wildcat strike that had begun on August 10 and left 46 people dead.

The agreement resulted in wage increases of up to 22%, a bonus and miners returning to work on Thursday morning.

Num general secretary Frans Baleni warned that the agreement could create an expectation in the industry of similar increases as that achieved by Lonmin [JSE:LON].

"Out of the unprotected action which was accomplished by violence and intimidation, there was a concession that was made, which can be (come)... a copycat.

"People can say: 'They did it at Lonmin, so we can go the same route and not follow the normal bargaining process as per the Labour Relations Act'," Baleni said.

The statement issued on Thursday accused Num and Cosatu of "pouring cold water" on the agreement after showing a lack of leadership during the dispute.

"Workers will lead themselves, and do so far better than you think you have been doing," the statement read.

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  • tj.maseko3 - 2012-09-20 17:19

    Now is the time to investigate amco's politic this have started at impala mines now marikana all those mines were on illegal strike but at the end their demand have been met now NUM is loosing popularity by following legal procedures

      Ditantane - 2012-09-20 17:34

      which legal procedures? Lieying to workes, financially benefiting from both workers and mines, using workers' money to fight ANC battles. The fact is NUM failed.

  • nananatakemehome - 2012-09-20 19:53

    And he urged 'putting workers interests first.' The fact is when the Leaders stop walking and eating with workers, and live in social circumstances sterilized of images of workers, let alone smelling their sweat and start living in economic bubbles, devoid of daily living experiences of the poor, they fail to understand them. leaders of organizations like ANC, NUM, COSATU, have moved to formerly white neighborhoods, have appropriated much of the financial crumbs falling off of the masters table, and are serving like kitchen negroes (Witbooi) to protect the interests of the master, by subjugating the field negroes. Every time the workers (read 'field negroes (Swartbooi) have gone to urge the kitchen negro to help them get better food,living quarters, or clothes to protect against the elements, the kitchen negro has urged patience and dance like Sambo for the entertainment of his master(who has quickly increased his ration. And whenever the field negroes have tried to talk him to running away, the kitchen negro has done his best how 'good they have it.' Now,Vavi the Kitchen Negro in Chief, lamenting that the Field Negroes have been able to negotiate a better deal without him. And that his role and that of his(Geelboois) in NUM are about to be useless by calls for independence! Had Cosatu been doing their job, the field negroes would know no better. The workers have a right to demand economic sulfrage..political power without economic freedom is useless! Economic Freedom NoW

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-09-20 20:04

    I'm beginning to think that "Revolutionary" is secret code for doing the job people hired you to do. The whole Alliance has failed to do anything they were hired to do. Marikana is the symptom, not the cause. Now that extreme violence has been successful, it's going to be tricksy to put that genie back in the bottle

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