Mine strike SMS saga judgment today

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Judgment in the SMS saga involving platinum producers and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) is expected to be handed down today.

Amcu took the employers to the Labour Court over the companies’ engagements with striking mineworkers and for conducting surveys among employees as to whether they wished to return to work.

However, mine bosses have been saying that communication with their employees is an ongoing process that includes a wide variety of channels, including text and voice messages.

Several striking workers have indicated their intention to go back to work, but said that they were unable to do so as they feared for their lives.

They (workers) added that they wanted to resume duty as the strike has hit them and their families “hard” in the pocket.

Meanwhile, in it’s central executive committee statement issued yesterday, the SA Communist Party (SACP) called on government to convene a multi-stakeholder mining indaba.

“The strike has had a disastrous impact on the lives of mineworkers, their families and communities both around the mines and in the rural areas from which contract labourers are drawn.

“Since the tragedy of August 16, 2012, violence directed by vigilante forces against NUM (National Union of Mineworkers) members and their families has now resulted in 28 further deaths, including two prospective witnesses to the Farlam Commission.”

The party also said that the current platinum crisis must be resolved as soon as possible.

And it said that on the agenda of the mining indaba the SACP is calling for must be moving towards centralised bargaining for all mining sectors as well as changes to the grading system in mining.

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