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numsaMining Weekly reports that steel producer ArcelorMittal SA (AMSA) says it has contingency plans at its various plants to minimise the potential impact on production of a National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) strike.  

The union indicated on Tuesday that a strike had been declared, owing to AMSA’s ongoing use of labour brokers, identified as Real Tree Trading and Monyetla Services.  “Our members, employed by the contractors, work side by side with workers directly employed by ArcelorMittal who receive much higher pay and benefits,” the union said in a statement.  It added:  “Our key demand is that AMSA must permanently employ all workers presently employed by the contractors who render their services to AMSA.”  Numsa argued that AMSA was seeking to circumvent a recent Constitutional Court judgment that workers introduced through labour brokers should be permanently employed after three months of fulltime employment at the main company.  However, AMSA disputed Numsa’s description of Real Tree Trading as a labour broker, saying:  “Real Tree is an independently registered service provider that secures contracts from ArcelorMittal South Africa through a robust tender process.”  AMSA also characterised the strike as “unlawful”.  It claimed there had been “minimal participation” in the strike on Tuesday.

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