Labour Court grants in­terim in­ter­dict

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MIN­ING company Glen­core won an in­terim in­ter­dict in the Labour Court on Wed­nes­day against the Na­tional Union of Minework­ers (NUM) con­duct­ing a sec­ondary strike at its Op­ti­mum Coal mine. “Glen­core will par­tic­i­pate in the re­view process by the Com­mis­sion for Con­cil­i­a­tion, Me­di­a­tion and Arbitration (CCMA) as di­rected by the court to seek a last­ing so­lu­tion to this as well as the on­go­ing strike ac­tion at its Koorn­fontein op­er­a­tion,” spokesman Gugulethu Maqe­tuka said. In Oc­to­ber, about 500 NUM mem­bers em­barked on the strike at Glen­core’s Koorn­fontein mine in Mpumalanga, at the mine’s Glo­ria shaft. The strike started after the company and NUM dead­locked at the CCMA. “This fol­lows the decision by the company to of­fer re­trench­ment pack­ages to em­ploy­ees as a re­sult of re­struc­tur­ing at the mine, fol­low­ing dif­fi­cult mar­ket con­di­tions,” Maqe­tuka said at the time. “Glen­core has un­der­taken to ex­plore the re­de­ploy­ment of some of the em­ploy­ees to other Glen­core Coal op­er­a­tions where va­can­cies ex­ist.” The company was putting to­gether support ser­vices for af­fected em­ploy­ees. Work­ers were be­ing paid one week of ser­vice per year in sev­er­ance pay, while at other op­er­a­tions they were be­ing paid three weeks of ser­vice per year. – Sapa

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