LafargeEngineering News reports that construction materials company Lafarge on Monday refuted claims by labour federation Cosatu that the company was arrogant and was engaging in union bashing.  

Last week, Cosatu, together with the community and Tribal Authority of Bodibe, in the North West, marched to Lafarge’s offices to protest against the local HR director, whom it said “has failed to transform the company”.  The union further accused Lafarge of entering into an agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), but failing to implement it.  Lafarge responded, saying that these accusations were “unfortunate as they are contrary to our persistent and unrelenting attempts over the years, including recently, to engage NUM to reach agreements on issues raised by our employees.”  On Friday, Lafarge said it had dismissed 150 of its North West employees following illegal strike activity and ignoring two written ultimatums to return to work.

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