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lonminlogo thumb medium90 90Business Report writes that trade union Solidarity has launched a scathing attack on Lonmin, accusing it of favouring the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) at the expense of other unions represented in the company.  

General secretary Gideon du Plessis on Monday reported that the platinum producer had given Solidarity, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the United Association of SA (Uasa) notice that the limited organisational rights the three enjoyed would be terminated on 5 November 2017.  He said this could have negative consequences for the company, as the three unions represented the majority of skilled employees and the decision meant that those workers would now be unrepresented.  Du Plessis also blamed the company for backtracking on a previous promise to keep in place the organisational rights afforded the three unions.  In a letter to Solidarity dated on 2 August, Lonmin said that Amcu had objected to the continued existence of the limited organisational rights agreement.  A Lonmin spokesperson confirmed that the company had started a process of looking at the unions with limited organisational rights as their representation levels were well below the required thresholds.

  • Read this report by Dineo Faku in full at Business Report
  • Read too, Lonmin issues notice to three unions to terminate organisational rights, at The Citizen
  • Read Solidarity‚Äôs press statement in this regard at Solidarity online

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