Fedusa, Motlanthe discuss mine strikes

2013-05-25 16:53

Fedusa raised its concerns over the collective bargaining process in a meeting with Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Federation of Unions of SA general secretary Dennis George said the meeting with Motlanthe, to discuss ongoing strikes in the mining sector, was held in Pretoria yesterday.

“Fedusa raised its concerns regarding the collective bargaining process with specific emphasis on the exclusion of important role-players and how this posed a threat to sustainable solutions to our economic challenges,” George said in a statement.

He said the federation maintained its call to have Section 18 of the Labour Relations Act removed as it was against the principles of a democratic government.

The section dealt with the right to establish thresholds of representativeness.

“We believe that Section 18 is both unconstitutional and in total opposition to the right of freedom of association,” said George.

“While it excludes often meaningful role players from the labour relationship, it also breeds collusion and corruption.”

He said Motlanthe would hold meetings with other stakeholders to hear their concerns before discussing bargaining issues “full-on”.

“He [Motlanthe] continued by stating the biggest concern was the numerous wildcat strikes and unpredictability of labour unrest in key sectors of the economy,” said George.

He said Fedusa looked forward to meeting with Motlanthe again.

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