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NUM condemns the unbecoming behaviour of the TransHex Group management

16 May 2017

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) condemns the unbecoming behaviour of the TransHex Group management of a sudden closure of its Bloedrift Mine and informing our members at eleventh hour that all their jobs will be highly affected, if not terminated.
TransHex decided that it will close the Bloedrift mine in Northern Cape with immediate effect, and decided to instruct our members today (Tuesday, May 16, 2017) that they should not report for duty as from tomorrow, until further notice.

More than 110 of NUM members will be directly impacted by the company's decision.

"We view this move by the company as direct violation to the country's labour laws. South Africa is not a banana republic, it is a country governed by progressive laws, and as a union, we cannot allow companies such as TransHex to do things their own way," said Lefa Phatsoane, NUM Western Cape Acting Regional Secretary.

The law requires companies to serve the NUM with section 189 notice of the Labour Relations Act to retrench employees and in full, state the reasons for the retrenchment.

"All these things are happening in the midst of wage negotiations between the NUM and TransHex group. We view this as arrogance, the company should have consulted us long time ago of the challenges they are facing, said Phatsoane.

For more info contact:

Lefa Phatsoane: NUM Western Cape Acting Regional Secretary : 082 882 0199

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