19 February 2013

South Africa: Minister Shabangu Acts On Amplats Siphumelele Incident

press release

The Minister of Mineral Resources, Ms Susan Shabangu today met with the Chamber of Mines, organised labour represented by National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union's (AMCU), National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa's (NUMSA), United Association of South Africa (UASA) and management of Anglo American Platinum (AMPLATS) following the unfortunate incident at AMPLATS Siphumelele shaft yesterday.

The meeting sought to canvass immediate action to be taken by organised labour, business and government in dealing with the recurrent violence within the platinum sector.

All stakeholders condemned the violence and further committed to the promotion of the right to associate and disassociate with any union by workers. In this regard stakeholders urge workers to refrain from intimidatory action and violence.

The department will continue to engage all stakeholders in the interest of ensuring that the South African mining industry remains productive.

Officials from Organised labour (NUM, UASA,NUMSA, AMCU and Solidarity), Department of Mineral Resources, Department of Labour, Chamber of Mines will meet tomorrow to further discuss areas of cooperation between Organised labour and mining companies for a long term industry solution.

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