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NUM 'irresponsible' at Marikana

2013-01-25 20:37

Rustenburg - An NUM official admitted on Friday that the union's attitude towards wage negotiations prior to the deadly Marikana shooting was irresponsible.

This was the testimony of National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) chief negotiator Erick Gcilitshana to the Farlam commission of inquiry into the shooting.

Tebogo Mathibedi, for the police, questioned him about the union's refusal to engage in wage talks outside of set labour structures.

"As at 15 August 2012 was it NUM's attitude that they would not negotiate outside the labour structures?"

Gcilitshana replied: " Yes, as I recall."

Asked if this was not an irresponsible attitude by the union in view of the fact that 10 people had been killed at that stage, and that property had been destroyed, he replied: "Yes that's true. That's correct."

Mathibedi asked at what stage he realised that the union's attitude was irresponsible.

"When the lives of people were lost," Gcilitshana said.

Comments
  • Brian Dorning - 2013-01-25 21:16

    Who governs the unions? Surely they should have to take responsibility and be 'disciplined' somehow by the law? Loss of life is obviously not too much of a priority!

      rudi.debeer.5 - 2013-01-25 22:34

      The attitude of Unions were created by the ANC. Members and unions think that they are above the law and unfortunatly unaccountable for any actions. The mentality of unions cost jobs.

      adrien.mcguire - 2013-01-26 08:38

      I might be wrong here, but the purpose of wage negotiation structures is to avoid anarchy . So when one of the parties (workers) decide that they do not want to use the legal structure to negotiate, everybody else gets the blame. Whilst I am no fan of the unions, I put the blame fairly and squarely on the workers. Firstly they decide to go outside of the structures, secondly they hack policemen to death, and thirdly they turn up at protests with weapons. This sort of behaviour cannot be condoned on any level in this country. You can put the blame anywhere you want, but I put it on the ANC/government. 1)They have created unrealistic expectations amongst the population, 2) They use similar methods to destabilise parts of the country 3) They are not willing to deal with acts of violence until it is too late. The police only turn up once the situation is beyond control. 4) They do not make statements condeming the viollence, as it often involves the unions which are their bed fellows in political matters. 5) The government/president does not take leadersip of this sickness in our country. We cannot continue like this , or there will be no foriegn investment and then we will see what happens to the unemployment in this country. One needs to look beyond the single incident and see that in the past 18 years, that violent resolution of problems has become part of the South African culture. We need a LEADER to act and reverse this trend otherwise we are headed to anarchy.

  • mmathapelot1 - 2013-01-25 21:23

    So sad the lives of people have been lost. Its shows that anyone can turn to be a pawn.

  • Spha - 2013-01-25 21:29

    all along it looked like Amcu was wrong,nice admission of guilt against his own union

  • rudi.debeer.5 - 2013-01-25 22:28

    Too little too late. I see no union boss explaining why 16 000 miners are going to lose their jobs because of unions unrealistic demands.

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2013-01-25 22:31

    Hope all those blaming Joseph Mathunjwa are listening, NUM was just on a comfort zone including VAVI in this case.

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2013-01-25 22:35

    I forsee NUM ''distancing itself from this statement and further respects the intergrity and indipendence of the commission.

  • papzu - 2013-01-25 23:24

    This commission of inquiry sucks now

  • Spha - 2013-01-26 02:34

    vavi,anc,ramaphosa sucks........!!!!!!

  • sfuty - 2013-01-26 05:33

    at last

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2013-01-26 06:45

    Unions always instigate,milk,and use the workers who are TOO dumb to realise it. Then when caught out the Union knows nothing! Wake up workers! Its not the employers who are exploiting you!

  • Ren - 2013-01-26 08:46

    I employ 650 workers in the cleaning sector and they went on strike last year for 3 weeks to get a 8 % increase which was already agreed to by the cleaning asscoiation. They only recovered the losses this month and I got a letter from the union to notify us that their membership fees would increase by 30% this year. Wow

      dmsefuthii - 2013-01-27 00:35

      I'm not suprise abt this...what happened about our provident fund money in 2001-2003 invested at living hands by NUM? Workers even today, they dont know what happened about their money. Tribalism and corruption, cream of the day....

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