The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the Northern Cape is shocked but not surprised at the summary dismissal of about 24 workers at Dries Meganiese Dienste Mine in Windsorton. This shocking news reached the office of the federation this morning when the workers contacted us to tell us about this problem.
We are told that the reason for their dismissal is that they were given documents to sign yesterday by the company. They refused to sign the documents because they did not understand the contents of such documents without getting a representative from NUM to read and interpret to them. On hearing that they wanted to involve the union in the process, the owner told that that he does not want union interference in the affairs of his business.
On arrival at work today they were forced with the same documents and they refused to sign upon which they were summarily dismissed. What is more shocking is to note that they were not even given dismissal letters, this dismissal was verbal.
We are convinced that Dries and hid friends have total disregard for South African laws and such people do not belong into the business fraternity of our province and our country. We will be meeting with those workers with the aim of getting more information on their dismissal.
We will leave no stone unturned in fighting for the rights of the workers and we will take the fight back to the racist Dries and his cronies. We are still waiting for the valid mining permit that they failed to produce to the Department of Mineral Resource.
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions