NUM must regain majority by July to keep Lonmin offices

2013-05-29 15:35

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The NUM has until July 16 to regain its majority at Lonmin so it can keep its offices at the eastern and western mines in Rustenburg.

This was after the Labour Court in Johannesburg ordered that the 90-day period, in terms of the union’s recognition agreement with the company, would run from April 16 to July 16, spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said in a statement today.

“In other words, contrary to Lonmin’s intentions to close NUM offices at these operations on the 30th May 2013, the court has put the date as the 16th of July,” he said.

“Thus, the NUM has until the 16th July to recoup its membership at these operations.”

Lonmin spokeswoman Sue Vey confirmed the court’s decision.

“There is a... clause, and it’s been mandated by the court,” she said.

“They [NUM] have several offices at several shafts, and that’s a privilege of the majority union.”

Other unions operating on the mine, such as Solidarity, only had one central office. If the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was not able to regain its majority it would then get only one office, said Vey.

The court made its decision yesterday and handed it down today.

Seshoka said the NUM welcomed the order.

“Such an order vindicates our position to continue the occupation of these offices at Lonmin,” he said.

Earlier this month, the mine reportedly announced that NUM’s rival, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), represented 70% of the workforce at Lonmin.

Amcu now wants recognition rights as a majority union.

Lonmin and Amcu were busy discussing a new recognition agreement at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

Last week, Lonmin said no solution had been reached at the CCMA. The company had asked that the matter be resolved through arbitration.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Men.24 Model of the Week: Wendy from Cape Town

Find out more about our featured model, Wendy from Cape Town


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.