The Congress of South African Trade Unions in Mpumalanga vows to fight tooth and nail to resist the attempts by Glencore management to unilaterally close the Optimum Coal Mine which is situated at the Steve Tshwete Municipality in Mpumalanga.
The immediate impact of the closure of the mine is that it will result to more than 1500 workers losing their jobs in a province characterised by high levels of unemployment and poverty.
COSATU has already started mobilising workers from the different economic sectors in the province to pledge active solidarity with the National Union of Mine Workers whose members are on the verge of losing their jobs at Optimum Coal mine.
The intransigent behaviour by Glencore management confirms our long held view that the capitalists interest in our country, is to extract our minerals, make huge profits and invest those profits in their countries of origin, their interest has never been to improve the lives of our people or to make a meaningful contribution to the development of our country.
We are convinced that the Directors and Management of Glencore have planned these closures long before, behind the back of NUM and our members. This behaviour is a well calculated and deliberate action to undermine the NUM and also to undermine the laws of this country which regulates the relationship between the employers and employees.
COSATU will petition and invite the Provincial Government to intervene because the envisaged closure has the potential of worsening the more than 27,7% unemployment rate and also increasing the levels of poverty in the province and the country.
We call on Glencore Management to engage with NUM in good faith or face the wrath of our members in the battle field.
The envisaged closure will not go unchallenged.
COSATU Mpumalanga Provincial Secretary
0795110947 or 0827195699
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions