The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) welcomes the Labour Court judgment that was delivered on the 24th of June 2019 that confirmed that a coalition between NUM, Solidarity and UASA succeeded to obtain an urgent interdict against AMCU regarding an agency fee agreement signed with Lonmin to recover agency fees from employees at Lonmin’s Marikana operation.
The court also ruled that the agreement between Lonmin and Amcu was unlawful, invalid and that all amounts already deducted from employees had to be paid back to them. This follows after Amcu and Lonmin had signed an agreement on 24 April 2019 in terms of which 1% up to a maximum of R200,00 was to be deducted from the salary of employees not belonging to Amcu. This agreement came into effect on 1 June 2019.
The Labour Court order is as follows:
1. The Agency Shop Agreement concluded between Lonmin and AMCU on the 24 April is invalid and unenforceable.
2.Lonmin is interdicted from deducting any agency fee in favour of AMCU from the wages of the NUM, Solidarity and UASA members in terms of the Agency Shop Agreement.
3. Lonmin is ordered to immediately refund all agency fee deductions made or to be made from the wages of the NUM, Solidarity and UASA members in terms of the Agency Shop Agreement.
In terms of the Agency Shop Agreement signed between Lonmin and AMCU, it clearly states that “the parties agree that employees who are not members of any trade union shall not be compelled to become members of AMCU”. The court order further states that it would be unlawful to make any deductions from non-AMCU members in terms of an invalid agreement and NUM, Solidarity and UASA are thus entitled to the relief they sick to interdict an imminently unlawful act occurring.
For more information, please contact:
David Sipunzi: NUM General Secretary: 082 883 7293
Geoff Moatshe: NUM Rustenburg Regional Secretary:081 593 6089
Livhuwani Mammburu: NUM National Spokesperson: 083 809 3257
7 Rissik Street.
Tel: 011 377 2111