cosatuBusiness Report writes that labour federation Cosatu has announced plans to march to the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) this week over the plight of workers at Lily Mine in Mpumalanga.  

It will demand that the authorities do something about recovery of the bodies of three workers who have been trapped underground for nearly six months following a massive collapse and others who have not been paid during the period.  Cosatu stated it was disappointed by the government’s lack of action and commitment to addressing the ongoing issues at the mine.  Spokesman Sizwe Pamla said the government had also not acted on its promises to pay the families of the trapped miners R200,000 and the injured workers about R50,000.  The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said it had tried to engage the DMR about the trapped miners without success.  Both the NUM and trade union Solidarity said they would take part in the march.

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