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COSATU calls on the Zululand Anthracite Colliery management to accede to the demands of the workers in order to diffuse the current situation

12 October 2017

The Congress of South African Trade Unions calls on the Zululand Anthracite Colliery management to accede to the demands of the workers, who are currently embarking on an underground sit-in demanding the resolution of all matters relating to their long service award by the management. It is regrettable that workers have to resort to these extreme measures to get the attention of the management.

The management of Zululand Anthracite Colliery is primarily responsible for what is currently going on and should take full responsibility for anything that happens. Their quest for super profits has created this situation and they need to act fast to resolve it.

COSATU is urging the members to consider their health and safety and should not sacrifice their lives in the process of fighting for their demands.

The mining sector remains a classical example of the immorality of Capitalism, its festering greed. Mine bosses continue to pay slave wages to the thousands of workers, who have carried this sector and the economy on their backs. We encourage the workers to fight to the bitter end for that which belongs to them but they should not compromise their safety and their health in the process.

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