Zuma must call mining indaba – Amcu

2012-09-13 09:02

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) wants President Jacob Zuma to convene an urgent mining indaba about the state of the industry in South Africa.

At a press conference in Rustenburg this morning while wage negotiations were under way with Lonmin management, Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa said the indaba would deal with minimum wages, housing, skills development, a mining victims’ fund, health and safety as well as corporate social investment by mining companies.

“Mining is the biggest contributor to the SA economy yet the worst when it comes to paying workers and improving work conditions,” Mathunjwa said.

He said mineworkers were paid “slavery wages” and the underground working environment posed a high risk to workers.

Mathunjwa said Amcu denounces violence and encourages its members not to go on illegal and unprotected “work stoppages”.

He then warned Amcu members: “Don’t encourage, incite, promote or intimidate employees to participate in unprotected, unlawful industrial action”.

Mathunjwa claimed employers wanted to silence the 13-year-old union.

“Amcu will not succumb to ill-conceived pressure that threatens our organisation,” he said.

Mathunjwa said mining houses must focus on the challenges facing the industry.

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