Labor Minister Thulas Nxesi criticized the attitude of the negotiators for failing to resolve the long-standing National Mining Union (NUM) and Construction Union Union (Amcu) wage strike at the Sibanye-Stillwater mine.
He was speaking to the press after a meeting with union representatives. Sibanye-Stillwater employees camping outside Union Buildings in Pretoria; He said he would stay there until the president intervenes in the two-month strike.
Nxesi says they are concerned.
“Every time a strike goes on for an incredibly long time, we are concerned about its impact on the economy and on the image of the country. Our fear is that we need to address this issue before it gets any worse and we don’t want to see the violence we’ve seen in Marikana. But what is very clear is that it has to do with money, it’s about economy, it’s about attitude.”
Video: Minister Thulas Nxesi briefs the press after meeting with unions on Sibanye-Stillwater strike.
Sibanye-Stillwater employees affiliated with the mining unions NUM and AMCU are demanding a retroactive R1,000 salary increase over three years.
They vowed to camp at the Union Building until President Ramaphosa intervenes.
NUM’s Sizwe Mhlaba said: “I don’t need an appointment with President Ramophosa. Ramaphosa is one of us. It is he who comes to our houses and canvases when he wants to vote. So we don’t go anywhere until he comes and speaks to us. As you can see here we brought blankets. We will sleep here until our needs are met.”
Mhlaba said the strike is protected and they won’t stop anything until their needs are met. “It is a protected attack and we will survive. I don’t want to go into details, but we’ll survive.”
The staff said, “Ramaphosa is one of the founding members of NUM. He has a better understanding of the situation in the mines. So we are ready to camp here until he comes to our aid.”
Video: Sibanye-Stillwater mine workers dissatisfied with government response:
Nxesi blames negotiators for failing to resolve Sibanye-Stillwater mine strike – SABC News
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