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Stop lying to workers, says Baleni

2014-10-09 12:38

Mine management must be honest and transparent to workers, says National Union of Mineworkers general secretary Frans Baleni.

NUM warns of more job cuts

2014-09-10 19:44

Job losses in the mining and construction industries are worrying, says the National Union of Mineworkers.

Jobs bloodbath: Lonmin, unions in the dark

2014-08-26 07:00

Lonmin boss Ben Magara has denied reports of plans to slash the workforce and close shafts, while trade unions say they are not aware of any lay-offs.

NUM opposes Amplats mines sale

2014-07-21 10:55

The National Union of Mineworkers says plans by Anglo American Platinum to sell some of its mines will result in job losses, which is punishment for poor workers.

NUM rejects Eskom wage offer

2014-06-24 18:33

The National Union of Mineworkers has rejected a 5.6% wage increase offer from state power utility Eskom, demanding a 12% rise across the board.

Anti-ANC vote betrays workers - NUM

2014-04-15 21:45

The National Union of Mineworkers has condemned a call for the deliberate spoiling of ballots, adding that it betrayed the workers' struggle for a better life.

Union warns of illegal mining disaster

2014-02-22 20:33

A major tragedy is looming in disused mines if government does not take decisive action to curb thriving illegal mining, the National Union of Mineworkers says.

Inside Numsa’s expansion plan

2013-12-08 12:00

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA says Cosatu’s founding principle of ‘one sector, one union’ is failing workers and is outdated.

Judgment reserved in Amplats case

2013-10-01 16:57

The National Union of Mineworkers says judgment has been reserved by the Labour Court in an application against Anglo Platinum's retrenchment procedures.

NUM signs wage deal in coal sector

2013-09-30 16:48

The National Union of Mineworkers has signed a wage agreement with coal producers, averting a possible strike that could have hit supplies to power utility Eskom.

Nothing wrong with attending board meeting: Unionist

2013-09-29 12:45

The Sunday Independent says the Numsa general secretary has defended union bosses receiving payment for sitting on the boards of state companies.

Labour woes continue as strikes grow

2013-08-27 23:52

South Africa is set for more labour disruptions with petrol station and car dealership workers also expected to embark on strike action for higher wages.

NUM hints at gold sector compromise

2013-08-27 12:53

NUM general secretary Frans Baleni says the union is not "trigger happy" about launching a threatened gold industry strike.

Amcu: There will be no violence with NUM

2013-08-14 20:06

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union has ruled out any violence with the National Union of Mineworkers after becoming Lonmin's majority union.

Brakpan mine rescue operations halted

2013-07-29 14:56

Rescue operations have been halted at a mine in Brakpan North where four illegal miners were found dead, according to Ekurhuleni emergency management services.

NUM set for De Beers strike

2013-07-05 12:48

The National Union of Mineworkers says its members will down tools at De Beers after wage talks reached a deadlock.

NUM set to purge 'enemy within'

2013-05-26 22:22

The NUM will work at eradicating enemies within the organisation as it tries to build a stronger and more united front, says general secretary Frans Baleni.

Mine salary talks on the cards

2013-05-20 17:36

The Chamber of Mines says it is gearing up for negotiations with mine unions to discuss wage demands for workers in the gold and coal mining sectors.

NUM welcomes ANC 'worker leaders'

2012-12-21 12:02

The National Union of Mineworkers has welcomed the election of "worker leaders" to the ANC's national executive committee.

Unions flex muscles at Marikana hearing

2012-11-28 17:45

Competing unions have brought multitudes of supporters to the Farlam Commission, when the president of Amcu gave evidence relating to the Marikana violence.

Vavi blames bosses for wildcat strikes

2012-10-02 12:37

Employers are fully to blame for the wildcat strikes rocking the mining industry, says Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

Striking workers disperse at Gold Fields

2012-09-15 18:34

Striking mineworkers who had gathered at Gold Fields' KDC west mine near Carletonville have dispersed, says the company.

Fourth mine shuts down, govt warns strikers

2012-09-14 18:43

Seven people has been arrested by police outside Aquarius Platinum in Rustenburg as it became the fourth mine to stop operations in a protracted labour dispute.

Reject Malema's hogwash, workers urged

2012-09-11 22:15

The National Union of Mineworkers has appealed to miners to reject expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema's "hogwash" and return to work.

Num steps in to stem mine violence

2012-09-04 16:47

Mineworkers union Num has stepped up efforts to rein in unrest in the vital mining sector which has turned into a warzone for rival political and labour factions.

 

Baleni: SA has reached a crossroad

2014-10-09 10:39

South Africa has become an "instant society" focusing only on the short term, says National Union of Mineworkers general secretary Frans Baleni.

Lonmin dismisses job cut reports

2014-08-26 17:42

Lonmin says its immediate focus is to achieve a safe ramp-up of production in order to rebuild the business and restore profitability.

SA is a treasure trove, says chamber CEO

2014-08-08 19:56

South Africa's mining sector remains a favourable place for foreign investment, despite the platinum strike, says Chamber of Mines chief executive Bheki Sibiya.

NUM not losing members, says Baleni

2014-07-08 17:15

The National Union of Mineworkers is not at risk of losing members at Impala Platinum's Marula mine after a wildcat strike, says general secretary Frans Baleni.

NUM chooses new leader

2014-05-25 15:24

The National Union of Mineworkers has announced the appointment of Thamsaqa Matosa as acting president.

Baleni: Numsa working for the enemy

2014-02-23 14:06

The National Union of Mineworkers has hit out at metalworkers' union Numsa for "attacking and making threats" against Cosatu.

Ramphele is a political tourist, says NUM

2014-01-29 11:00
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Mamphela Rampheleis trying to project herself as a “messiah” who is above everyone else by joining the Democratic Alliance, NUM says.

Ramaphosa has rescue plan for Cosatu

2013-12-01 11:45

ANC leaders are appealing to Cosatu to soften its “punitive” stance towards its general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, to stave off a split in the labour federation and the tripartite alliance.

NUM takes Amplats to court over layoffs

2013-10-01 15:01

The National Union of Mineworkers says it will approach the Labour Court in Johannesburg to challenge Anglo Platinum's retrenchment procedures.

End acts of ill-discipline - NUM

2013-09-30 08:21

The national executive committee of NUM appealed to the union structures to end acts of ill-discipline and to respect the internal processes of the Congress of SA Trade Unions, the union says.

Harmony warns about jobs as strike ends

2013-09-08 17:04

A gold miners' strike has ended after workers accepted the final pay offer from Harmony Gold, but CEO Graham Briggs says more labour strife will impact on jobs.

Female miners must wear two-piece - NUM

2013-08-27 20:49

The National Union of Mineworkers says providing clothing to female workers is a problem, adding that they need a two-piece overall.

It is now or never for car makers - NUM

2013-08-19 22:51

The National Union of Mineworkers says it's time for auto giants to deliver to the working class after strike action brought the industry to the brink of collapse.

Job grading is key to pay talks - unions

2013-08-06 11:31

Overhauling the job categories system in the gold mining sector is at the heart of wage negotiations and a sentiment shared by rival unions, a report says.

NUM won't comment on Vavi

2013-07-29 11:55

The National Union of Mineworkers says it won't comment on rape allegations against Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi until it hears from the trade union federation.

Motlanthe meets with major mining players

2013-07-03 14:40

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has met with mining houses and trade unions in a bid to resolve issues bedevilling the mining sector.

NUM at risk of losing members - report

2013-05-23 21:26

The NUM is at risk of losing close to 60% of its membership as it is operating in a difficult environment, the union's secretariat report states.

Tough times ahead for mine talks

2013-04-15 20:40

Wage talks across South Africa's mining sector are expected to be among the toughest ever amid skyrocketing price hikes, worker militancy and shrinking profits.

Song and dance at Marikana hearing

2012-11-28 21:02

A crowd of Amcu supporters have broken into song and dance when proceedings at the Farlam Commission in Rustenburg were adjourned.

5 more dead in mine unrest - Num

2012-10-02 12:43

The National Union of Mineworkers says five more people have died in the ongoing mining unrest.

Num under fire

2012-09-20 16:25

The National Union of Mineworkers has been criticised over its concerns about the future of collective bargaining after the Lonmin pay settlement.

Num: We haven't lost control

2012-09-14 21:01

SA's biggest mineworker union, the National Union of Mineworkers, denies losing control of the situation at the country's mines.

Gold Fields protest crowd grows

2012-09-12 18:47

A crowd of striking miners at Gold Fields' KDC West mine, near Carletonville, has grown as security guards kept watch.

Zuma, leaders in pockets of mines - Malema

2012-09-11 14:47
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Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has accused President Jacob Zuma and other ANC leaders of being in the pockets of mine bosses.

Num members pay legal insurance

2012-08-26 11:56

National Union of Mineworkers members pay for legal insurance on top of their membership fees, according to a report.

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