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SaftuANA reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) on Wednesday pledged solidarity with 91 mineworkers who were dismissed at Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine in the Northern Cape five years ago following a wage strike and sit-in at the mine.  

The mineworkers, who were fired in 2012, are still fighting for their reinstatement.  On Thursday, the Labour Court will give its judgment on the workers’ application for leave to appeal to the Labour Appeal Court to overturn a previous ruling on 30 June, which dismissed the reinstatement case.  Kumba dismissed 208 workers for “participating in an unprotected strike”.  At least 90 of those workers were reinstated after one of the unions reached a deal with the miner.  Five years on, 91 of the remaining 118 workers are still fighting to get their jobs back.  Saftu said it would give all possible assistance to the dismissed workers in relation to their appeal.

  • Read this report in full at eNCA
  • Read Saftu’s press statement at Saftu online

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