Union Rivalry at Impala Rustenburg
May 23, 2012
OTC Disclosure News Service
Johannesburg, South Africa –
Implats reported last week that during a clash between members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) a company employee was shot and wounded. Following this incident and violence earlier in the year, the SA Police Services have arrested two alleged perpetrators. This action has resulted in the majority of the mining workforce embarking on an unprotected work stoppage in support of their colleagues and a refusal to return to work until they have been released. The striking workers are preventing employees who wish to work from doing so.
We believe that this unprotected work stoppage is not related to company issues and is as a result of continued union rivalry. The safety of our employees remains our first priority and we have been liaising with the SA Police Services in this regard. We condemn the use of violence and intimidation in the strongest possible terms and have called on all the parties to do the same.
Management has been in contact with AMCU and the self-appointed “worker leaders” to explain our position and secure a return to work.
During the past few months, we have also attempted to bring the rival unions and “worker leaders” into an agreed interim worker representative structure, but the unions have refused to co-operate.
We have called on our employees to return to work and have appealed to all parties to allow employees to freely exercise their democratic right to join their preferred union; and for the unions to allow the law to take its course. We have communicated to our workers that this is an illegal work stoppage and as a result, we will enforce the ‘no work no pay’ principle and take strong disciplinary action against employees who have been involved in acts of intimidation and violence. We remain confident that we will secure a return to work soon and are applying for a court interdict.
Implats will lose approximately 3,000 platinum ounces per day during the work stoppage, which, if protracted will impact our near term profitability as well as the number of jobs we can sustain in the future.
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