Union condemns mine dismissals

2011-09-23 11:00

The dismissal of 840 workers at a Village Main Reef mine in Limpopo amounted to “political thuggery”, the National Union of Mineworkers said today.

It intended challenging the move, spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said.

“The union views the dismissals as political thuggery aimed at the president of the republic’s pronouncement of 2011 as the year of job creation.”

Yesterday, Village Main Reef said it had started to dismiss the employees after they took part in an unprotected strike, in the form of a go-slow at its Consolidated Murchison mine.

“The go-slow action over the last two weeks has negatively impacted on production from the underground operations at Cons Murch, with daily production achieved at around a third of normal production levels,” Village said.

“The dispute arose in relation to certain historic overtime payments claimed by the employees resulting from their employment at Cons Murch, pre-Village ownership and involvement.”

The mine produces antimony and gold.

Seshoka said the union had instructed its attorneys to intervene.

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