The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the North West is worried about the continuation of violence in the platinum belt, in particular in the Impala mine.
COSATU has learned that workers were attacked by some other workers during the return from the strike that took place for over five months.
Most of the workers who were attacked are shop stewards who were put on leave by management due to the lack of safety at the workplace. One NUM leader at the Impala mine was attacked and is currently hospitalized. He is the same person who was attacked, and whose house was burned, in April 2014.
The mine called the shop stewards to return to work and they complied, but the same shop stewards were attacked and chased away by workers with a mandate from the other union, and management confirmed to the NUM that they are not needed by other union leaders.
COSATU had meetings with the management of Impala to discuss the return of shop stewards back to work and the security plans for all workers, but this has not born any fruits for our members, in particular those in the NUM.
We are calling on the police and the management of Impala to be honest and tell the public about the continued attacks and killings of workers and what action is going to be taken against those who are implicated and those who have been arrested on the same charges of violence and killing workers at the workplace.
We call on government to protect all workers, a during working hours and after, as we see that workers are attacked for their union and political affiliation.
As the federation in the NW, we shall continue to call for peace and stability in the platinum belt but that can only happen if the management is not involved in the attacks against workers.
The management of Impala must stop allowing anarchy, where some union leaders instruct them to remove other union leaders from the mine and demand that all workers must be in one union. Workers must join the union of their choice and not by instruction from the management.
COSATU calls for an urgent meeting with management of Impala to discuss those critical issues that affect the lives of all workers and their families.
We wish those who are hospitalized due to those attacks a speedy recovery and demand that the police arrest the perpetrators.
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions