Mineworkers march over safety

2011-10-04 11:08

Mineworkers gathered in the Joburg city centre today ahead of a march over the deaths in the industry.

About 3 000 workers chanted and sang, and some held up posters reading “safety first, profits later” and “prevent fatalities now”.

They planned to march to the Chamber of Mines to hand over a memorandum outlining their demands.

Yesterday, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said the march was being held to protest about workplace safety conditions, and in memory of those who had died in work-related incidents.

The marchers included workers from Lonmin, Evander gold mines, Anglo American, and Ergo mining.

They would be joined by construction and energy workers who would also march to Eskom, the SA Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors, and the departments of labour and mineral resources, Seshoka said.

He threatened the march and subsequent strikes would cause “a total shutdown of the economy”. 

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