23 December 2023
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) welcomes the tireless efforts by its affiliate, the National Union of Mine Workers (NUM), to save the jobs of more than 2205 mine workers and ensure peace prevails at Impala’s Platinum Bafokeng Rasimone Mine.
The Federation is deeply concerned about the level of tensions and reports of violence and hostage taking emanating from the mine this week. We applaud the swift interventions of the leadership of NUM and COSATU, nationally and regionally, to ensure no lives are lost, violence stops, hostages are released and negotiations take place with management to resolve workers’ legitimate grievances.
The situation remains very sensitive. It is critical that no further action be taken by any party whilst the leadership of NUM and COSATU continue to engage with management to resolve the matters at hand. This needs to include an assurance that the jobs of more than 2205 workers are protected, that no worker need fear for their safety at the mine and in particular when underground, and that workers’ concerns are addressed.
COSATU and NUM will not agree to the dismissals of workers nor will we condone any individuals or organisations who interfere with the constitutional and labour rights of any worker. Individuals and organisations who commit violence must be dealt with by the South African Police Service according to the law without fear or favour.
We are confident workers’ grievances can and must be resolved and that peace be allowed to prevail at Bafokeng Rasimone Mine. Now is the time for sober minds and for negotiations to be allowed to take place and expedited.
Issued by COSATU
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