Tebogo Msimanga |
Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) marched to the offices of South Deep mine which is part of Gold Fields and is based in Westonaria.
NUMSA Regional Secretary Mncedisi Kwababa said their members are fed up with the management of the mine who are actively obstructing the union from being recognized and gaining organizational rights.
“Our demands are simple. We demand organizational rights so that we can freely serve our members and defend them in the workplace. We are also demanding that our members’ cancellation/stop order forms from their former unions to be processed without any delays from the payroll departmental staff”.
Kwabada further said their members still suffer deductions of subscriptions by the former unions even though they have submitted the stop orders indicating that they are NUMSA members and have broken ties with former unions.
“We have submitted more than 800 membership forms after the review award, and under a new CCMA application of section 21 Organisational Rights. In the conciliation, process parties could not agree. We, therefore, demand that we be granted organisational rights as we have sufficient representation at South Deep”.
The memorandum was received by Benford Mokoatle the Vice President and Head of operations at South Deep mines. “We have given them 7 days to give us a written response”.