Striking workers shun unions

2012-09-25 12:49

Johannesburg - Trade unions organising at Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS] (Amplats) have not received striking workers' grievances, the union said on Tuesday.

"Unions have not received grievances from workers. They refuse to use us," said Uasa operations manager Israel Sakala.

He said workers had instead elected a committee to represent them.

"We (unions) have an agreement with management. That agreement needs all signatories to be reviewed. Uasa called on workers to return to work and allow bargaining agents to table their grievances," he said.

He said the number of workers reporting for work was declining every day.

"Some workers are staying away because of intimidation," he said.

The National Union of Mineworkers (Num) said it was meeting with workers on Tuesday to hear their grievances.

"We do not have anything from them. We are meeting with them today (Tuesday)," said spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka.

Amplats workers went on a wildcat strike two weeks ago, demanding a salary increase of R17 000.

The workers' representatives and mine management were meeting with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in Rustenburg on Tuesday, in an attempt to find common ground.

One of the workers' leaders Tebogo Lebeke said they would hold a mass meeting on Wednesday to report back to the workers on their meeting at the CCMA.

Amplats said on Friday, that less than 20% of its workforce had reported for work.

"The company continues to urge employees to return to work and requires that they do so by no later than the night shift on Monday, failing which legal avenues will be pursued," spokesperson Mpumi Sithole said in a statement.

She said the increase in police visibility had created an environment conducive for workers to return to work.

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  • anton.cameron.muller - 2012-09-25 12:55

    This is the best news we are likely to hear this year... Unions are a product of lack of unemployed people and have no place in a society with massive unemployment such as ours...

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-09-25 13:05

      Time for the Unions to go ! Long overdue !!!

      fussed.anderson - 2012-09-25 13:36

      CHEERS VAVI, Your wages about to take a huge drop. No more fees from the workers. What about giving them a refund for no delivery??????

  • jurie.nel.3 - 2012-09-25 13:56

    This is a late and GREAT wake-up call for the unions. Heed it, and they may survive. Heed it not, and they will not survive. It may, in fact, already be too late.

  • thepudi.solly - 2012-09-25 14:10

    Unions using miners to have shares in mines and when miners strike, they cry for profit loss n they represent the goverment more than workers.

  • tso.les.7 - 2012-09-25 14:32

    When will this anglo american strike end,bank personnels are watching this on every day news and the next day they call us for car payments and bond payments.where is logic on to this?

  • ludlowdj - 2012-09-25 15:47

    The Unions spent so much of their time pandering to the will of the ANc that they have rightly lost the respect of the workers, bottom line is that a shunned union has no legitimacy and no right to negotiation, look like union official will have to find proper jobs and start actually earning an income like everybody else. long overdue.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-25 16:09

    Union leaders demand what exactly, they demand that workers stick to the pathetic agreements theses negotiating AGENTS have brokered. Sounds like they stole Malema's line these bloody AGENTS....who are they, they seem to be everywhere.

  • mike.dufham.7 - 2012-09-25 19:16

    There's one word to describe these people. If I mention it this will be censored by news24. Use your imagination

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