RBM con­trac­tors strike for liv­ing wage

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Tam­lyn Jolly

CON­TRAC­TORS at Richards Bay Min­er­als (RBM) have been strik­ing since last week, cam­paign­ing for a ‘liv­ing wage’.

Ac­cord­ing to EFF spokesper­son for the re­gion Cllr Re­becca Mohlala, some of the strik­ing con­trac­tors earn as lit­tle as R2 500/ month.

‘The EFF is in sol­i­dar­ity with the work­ers who are strik­ing.

‘Our peo­ple who are working the mines must ben­e­fit from the min­er­als.

‘We can­not al­low this sit­u­a­tion, where they are not even earn­ing a liv­ing wage.’

The strik­ing con­trac­tors have been in talks with RBM man­age­ment, but at the time of go­ing to print, no de­ci­sion had been reached or so­lu­tion put in place.

‘RBM is en­gag­ing with a group of con­trac­tor com­pa­nies whose em­ploy­ees have been block­ing ac­cess to RBM sites,’ said RBM man­age­ment.

‘The sit­u­a­tion is be­ing closely mon­i­tored and we are com­mit­ted to re­solv­ing the is­sues speed­ily in or­der to re­sume op­er­a­tions and open safe ac­cess to site.’

The ZO was un­able to con­firm or clar­ify al­leged threats made by uM­folozi Mayor SW Mgenge to the strik­ing work­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to Mohlala, Mgenge threat­ened the work­ers for in­volv­ing a po­lit­i­cal party in the strike.

Strik­ing con­tract work­ers are un­happy about their wages

RBM con­trac­tors have been strik­ing for a liv­ing wage since last week

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.