PRESS RELEASE: ANC deployees should intervene in the mining sector labour unrest
The growing number of wildcat strikes and political unrest in the mining sector increase pressure on an economy that is already reeling from the global economic downturn.
The labour crisis South Africa now faces is attributable to the failure of the ruling party to provide leadership and address the root causes of the problem.
At the heart of the problem is that the Tripartite Alliance partners simultaneously play the dual roles of employer and employee representative in this sector. Through its political deployees and Tripartite Alliance investment arms in this sector, the ruling party has prioritised the interest of big business at the expense of the workers.
In addition, the mineworkers never receive dividends when the trade union investment arms declare profits from the projects they undertake in the same mines. Can we, therefore, blame the mineworkers for losing trust in trade unions?
The United Democratic Movement (UDM) appeals to the African National Congress (ANC) to instruct its NEC deployees and Tripartite Alliance partners in the mining sector to intervene in the mining sector labour unrest. This is critical considering that mining companies have already begun instituting disciplinary action against illegally striking mineworkers, which means that thousands of our people could lose their jobs.
Lastly, these strikes tear into South Africa's economic growth.
Statement issued by:
Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP