protestThe Sunday Independent reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) in Mpumalanga staged a protest on 10 October relating to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in Mpumalanga.  

The union alleged the existence of an improper relationship between Glencore Coal SA Operation and certain CCMA commissioners, which it claimed was affecting its dealings with the union.  The march was led by regional secretary Essau Tau and Mphumzi Maqungo, national treasurer.  They also submitted memorandums to various employers.  Numsa did not mince its words as it demanded that the senior convening commissioner of the CCMA should conduct investigations as it did not believe the branch was fair or neutral in its dealings with disputes.  Tau indicated that the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) received the memorandum on behalf of the CCMA.  “The DMR is the custodian of the CCMA.  If they don’t respond to our demands in 14 days, we will elevate this protest to the CCMA’s national offices,” he stated.

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