Unprotected work stoppage at Zondereinde – update 1
Northam Platinum Limited’s urgent application for an interdict in respect of unprotected industrial action at the Zondereinde mine has been granted by the Labour Court. Employees have been directed to return to work and failure to do so could result in disciplinary action or possibly dismissal.
The industrial action started from the night shift on 13 January 2015. Management has since received a communique from the NUM with regard to its concerns, which appear to relate to recruitment, disciplinary and leave processes and agreements.
In terms of the recognition agreement with the NUM and the provisions of the Labour Relations Act, Northam has established processes and channels in place to deal with issues of this nature without resorting to industrial action.
Management has urged the union to effect a return to work from 15 January 2015, following which the company will engage with the union on the matters raised.
Smelter operations remain unaffected.
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