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numMiningmx reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called on the government to intervene at Blyvoor, a gold mine west of Johannesburg.

The union claims it is being edged out by a rival union illegally constituted by the mine’s management. According to a NUM statement on Wednesday, tensions are rising between workers and management regarding the creation by the latter of the Blyvoor Workers’ Union (BWU).  The NUM claimed that BWU was forcing mine employees to sign up as members. Business Maverick reported on Monday that Blyvoor has been temporarily closed amid protests. Some 60 NUM members have been dismissed by the managing company for launching a wildcat strike, it said. The publication also reported that a company director and leader of the BWU, Wels Sempe, was assassinated on 2 March whilst driving to work. The NUM said on Wednesday: “Tension is building up between workers and the company’s management over workers’ right to freedom of association.” It claimed that management had been intimidating and provoking workers. “The worker’s committee has requested us to ask for an intervention from the Department of Mineral Resources so that their plight could be heard”, said Zimisele Ponti, NUM Carletonville regional chairperson.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by David McKay at Miningmx

Read too, Blyvoor reboot hits a violent snag after union leader is murdered, at Daily Maverick

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