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implatsBL Premium reports that Impala Platinum (Implats) says a strike by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) over the use of contract workers at its operations is unlikely to have much effect on output.

Numsa members employed by Newrak, Reagetswe Mining Group and Triple M Mining downed tools on Monday in protest at alleged exploitation by the mining services companies contracted to Implats. The matter is now before the Labour Court in Johannesburg. “The court granted Reagetswe an interim court interdict ... We will be returning to court at a later date to argue about whether that order should be final,” Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola indicated. Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim said on Tuesday that members who were employed by the three contractors were paid a fraction of what their counterparts directly employed by Implats earned. Implats spokesperson Johan Theron said Numsa “represents around 3,000 contract workers out of a total workforce of around 45,000 (full time employees plus contractors). Contractors mostly provide support services and mining at two end-of-life small shafts.” The impact on the business was “therefore likely to be marginal as these services can be secured from alternative resources”. Theron commented that the Numsa strike was “clearly positioned to grow their presence and relevance in the mining industry which is their legitimate right, but if the space is already occupied by another union holding a bigger position then they have to follow due legal process in collaboration with all the other stakeholders”.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Luyolo Mkentane at BusinessLive (subscriber access only)
  • Read too, Impala Platinum says Numsa is trying to strong-arm contracting companies, at EWN

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