Current labour turmoil must be normalised


Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.(SABC)

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe says the current labour turmoil must be normalised so that the cause of the conflict can be determined.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe He held an emergency meeting with leaders of the National Union of Mineworkers yesterday.

This as miners embarked on illegal strikes at three of the country’s biggest mines.NUM sought council from it’s former leaders, among them the country’s deputy president, and the union’s former president James Motlatsi. These men are no strangers to worker politics. The meeting took place behind closed doors. Later the Deputy President described the situation as an emergency.Motlanthe says:

“Every thing has to be done to bring normality in the industry so that all concerns can receive attention. It’s not posible to do so now as long as normal house rules are not followed. And a call for introspection during this time when current leaders are facing major revolt.”

NUM wants the salary negotiations in the platinum sector to be brought forward, as current agreements expire next year. The union’s general secretary, Frans Baleni says: “It must commence this year as soon as practically possible, not wait for June 2013.”
The Deputy President will brief the ANC about the outcome of the meeting.

SABC – Current labour turmoil must be normalised: Motlanthe:Saturday 15 September 2012.

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