NUMSA members at Reagetswe Mining Group prevented from embarking on a strike at Impala

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) says it has noted the decision of the Labour Court in Johannesburg, which has temporarily interdicted the strike for workers at Reagetswe, to allow the judge to study the arguments and apply her mind prior to making a final order.

Reagetswe Mining Group, Triple M Mining and Newrak are contract companies working at Implats. Reagetswe rushed to court in a bid to block NUMSA from continuing with the strike at Implats, which started on Monday. 

NUMSA National Spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi- Majola said at least four thousand workers, who are exploited by these contractors, are on strike at Impala Platinum mines in Rustenburg in the North West.

“Reagetswe argued in court that a closed shop agreement which was signed with AMCU in 2014 is binding even on non-parties including NUMSA members. It also argued that a wage agreement signed by AMCU in October 2021 after they realized that NUMSA was demanding to negotiate salaries for its members, is also binding”.

Hlubi- Majola added that the company claims that NUMSA members are, therefore, prevented from embarking on a strike because of the existence of these agreements.

“Unfortunately, the court granted an interim order to Reagetswe and this means that the strike has been temporarily interdicted but only for workers at Reagetswe”.

Workers at Triple M and Newrak can continue the strike. “We have to return to court, at a later date, to determine whether this order must be made permanent”.

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