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Solidarity2Mining Weekly reports that trade union Solidarity on Tuesday submitted an urgent application to the Labour Court requesting a ruling regarding the validity of platinum producer Lonmin’s withdrawal of Solidarity’s recognition rights.  

The court was also requested to restore Solidarity’s rights pending the legal process.  Solidarity and the United Association of SA (Uasa) claim they are being “kicked out” by Lonmin’s executive management and that their rights to represent employees who work for the miner have been terminated.  In a statement on Tuesday, Solidarity general secretary Gideon du Plessis said that Lonmin broke its agreement with Solidarity, signed in August 2014, as well as its promise to Solidarity that its recognition rights would be protected.  Solidarity said it would also approach the CCMA this week regarding an application to be accepted as a significant role player at Lonmin, in terms of Section 21 of the Labour Relations Act, and to attempt to restore its members’ constitutional right to belong to a trade union of their choice.  Solidarity has apparently signed a cooperation agreement with Uasa.

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