Par­ties dif­fer over dis­missed worker

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A LON­MIN em­ployee was not al­lowed to re­turn to work de­spite hav­ing won a case at the Com­mis­sion for Con­cil­i­a­tion, Me­di­a­tion and Arbitration (CCMA), the Na­tional Union of Minework­ers (NUM) said yes­ter­day. “NUM is ex­tremely dis­gusted by Lon­min’s re­fusal to al­low our mem­ber to go back to work after she won the case to be re­in­stated at the CCMA,” the union said. Ac­cord­ing to union spokesman Livhuwani Mamm­buru, the em­ployee was dis­missed in June last year after man­age­ment and ri­val union, the As­so­ci­a­tion of Minework­ers and Con­struc­tion Union (Amcu), al­legedly ac­cused her of sub­mit­ting fraud­u­lent union mem­ber­ship forms. “Our shop stew­ards were ha­rassed last year by the company un­der the pre­text of rig­ging mem­ber­ship, an al­le­ga­tion which NUM re­jected,” Mamm­buru said. She won the case at the CCMA and the award was is­sued in Au­gust. Mamm­buru said the em­ployee was sup­posed to go back to work two weeks ago, but man­age­ment would not al­low her. The company told her there was in­for­ma­tion that Amcu would not al­low her un­der­ground. The NUM was wor­ried and con­cerned that a multi­na­tional min­ing company such as Lon­min was al­low­ing the in­tim­i­da­tion to hap­pen. Lon­min spokesman Sue Vey said the em­ployee had been re­in­stated. “There has not been any point where she wasn’t al­lowed back at work. She ob­vi­ously had to un­dergo med­i­cals, and so on be­fore she could re­turn to work,” Vey said. – Sapa

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