Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
1 minute read
3 Apr 2020
6:05 am

Unions up in arms over working mines

Brian Sokutu

Referring to the Tau Lekoa mine in Orkney, North West, Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said she was 'concerned about the safety of employees'.

Members of Numsa. Picture: Twitter (@EFFJoziGroundForces)

In the 21st-century world economy, it was difficult for the government to declare a complete lockdown on all key industries, labour expert Andrew Levy said yesterday. Unions are pressuring government – particularly the department of mineral resources – “to declare who sanctioned some mining companies to operate” following the national lockdown. But Levy said core services had to “be kept going, otherwise you will end up with a jungle”. “If government has declared certain industries as essential and those industries have undertaken to abide by health and safety provisions of the law in taking care of employees, there is absolutely...