numsaTMG Digital reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has applauded what it calls two historic court rulings in favour of “super-exploited mineworkers”.  

In the one case‚ the South Gauteng High Court has ruled that 17‚000 former gold mine workers and their dependents can institute a class action against the mine owners for compensation for the effects of silicosis and TB contracted while working in the mines.  In the second case‚ the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) dismissed an appeal by five directors of Aurora Empowerment System against a damages award.  “Both these long-drawn out cases finally bring some hope of relief and justice to those tens of thousands of workers suffering with terminal diseases and the 5‚300 Aurora employees deprived without pay for more than five years‚” Numsa said on Monday.

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