The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members in the Highveld Region will tomorrow (1st November 2019) embark on a peaceful march against Glencore at Arthur Taylor H Block offices in Witbank. The march will start at 8 am. At the centre of these sour industrial relations between NUM and Glencore is the Group Industrial Relations Manager who drives a wedge between unions and its members.
“If nothing positives come out of this peaceful march tomorrow the NUM will mobilize its members in the whole province of Mpumalanga to embark on a full-blown strike. The union is perturbed by how Glencore treats NUM members and workers in general,” said Tshilidzi Mathavha, NUM Highveld Regional Secretary. Glencore failed to implement agreement entered into between parties as far back to 2013. One of the major issues is the housing policy as dictated by the Mining Charter. Mining rights holders have been required through the current and previous charters to drive improvements in the housing standards and living conditions of mineworkers.