RBPlatReuters reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has secured a “closed shop” agreement at platinum producer Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat), it said on Monday.  

The NUM represents 80% of RBPlat's workforce of around 7,000 and said workers at the company's four mines voted overwhelmingly last week in favour of the agreement.  The deal will serve to keep out the rival Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) at RBPlat, where that union has no representation.  The United Association of SA (Uasa) represents 15% of the rest of the RBPlat workforce, with 5% unaffiliated.  Under the new agreement, employees who are already members of NUM will not be able to join other unions, while all new staff that wish to join a union will have to join the NUM.  NUM General Secretary David Sipunzi told Reuters that if the closed shop agreement at RBPlat was successful, the union could push for it at other mining companies where it is the main union.


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