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amcu thumb medium80 81SABC News reports that according to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), the 72 striking workers at Anglo American Platinum’s Mogalakwena mine will continue with their action until their demands are met.  

Workers contracted to Concor, an opencast mining contractor, are demanding permanent employment at the mine.  The construction workers on an unprotected strike at the open cast mine have been doing their jobs for over six years as fixed-term contract workers.  They say being on contract for years disadvantages them, as they do not get the same incentives as their permanent counterparts.  Amcu spokesperson at the mine, Prince Malema, said they had decided to embark on an unprotected strike after their efforts to talk with their managers failed.  He indicated that the local Langa traditional council has also intervened by taking the matter up with Concor.  Management of Concor said the matter was before the Labour Court in a case in which the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and other unions have argued that, in terms of the 2014 amendments to the Labour Relations Act, employees on a fixed-term contract must be offered permanent employment after three months.  Concor is opposing the matter, but says it will abide by the court ruling.

  • Read this report by Rudzani Tshivhase in full at SABC News

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