The Congress of South African Trade Unions is highly disappointed with the decision of Lonmin in Marikana to dismiss workers who are unable to go to work due to the protected strike of AMCU.
It is on record that the mine bosses care about profit and do not care about the safety of workers who are not able to go to work, to protect their safety and their lives.
COSATU learned that over 235 cleaning workers were told that they must be at work or they would be dismissed and today all those workers have been dismissed.
Workers are dismissed for something that is beyond their control and they are punished for that. The people who called the strike and management must take responsibility for the unemployment rate increasing both in the platinum belt and in other sectors.
We call on the management of Lonmin to reinstate those workers or we will take the matter to the CCMA on behalf of those workers who are not organised in any union.
We call on those workers to report this matter to the CCMA and to the DMR to take it up.
We call on mine bosses to protect all those workers who are unable to report to work due the strike and not to take any unprofessional decisions against poor workers who did not call the strike. The mine bosses must make sure that they resolve the strike and get everybody back to work.
We call on both the union negotiators and management to stop playing with the lives of the poor workers and that of their families.
We call on all workers who are on strike to respect those who are not on strike and respect the laws of this country.
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions