LafargeBusiness Report writes that cement and building materials producer Lafarge SA has dismissed about 150 employees after they embarked on an illegal strike and ignored two written ultimatums to return to work.  

HR director Veli Gwamanda said on Thursday that the dismissals followed several illegal work stoppages in the past few weeks.  The letters of dismissal were issued on 8 July.  The workers were demanding the reinstatement of the National Union of Mineworkers’ (NUM’s) national full-time shop steward, who had been suspended for contravening company policy.  Cosatu claimed Lafarge attempted to forcefully relocate the full-time shop stewards from Lichtenburg to its head office so the company could “exploit members of NUM”.  Cosatu will be marching on the premises of Lafarge SA on friday in support of NUM and its members and to pressurise the company on all the issues raised by the union.

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