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Solidarity2The New Age reports that trade union Solidarity has threatened to down tools at platinum producer Lonmin, accusing the company of favouring the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).  

The union, which represents skilled workers, said that Lonmin’s decision to only recognise one union, namely Amcu, would be detrimental to its members.  “As from November 5, Amcu is the only recognised trade union at Lonmin’s mines which means that skilled workers who belong to Solidarity and other unions are not represented by a trade union anymore,” Solidarity’s general secretary Gideon du Plessis said.  He went on to indicate that they have a mandate from their members to go on strike, “so we will institute a dispute process on Friday and hopefully by the beginning of December, we will have the last dispute meeting and thereafter we can embark on a strike action either in December or January.”  Du Plessis said that Lonmin’s action was in violation of other workers’ rights by taking away their freedom of association.  ‘This decision will create tension and Lonmin does not understand that.”

  • Read this report by Zodidi Mhlana in full at The New Age

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