Mine workers to protest poor housing facilities
By Ofentse Mokae
23 February 2010
It is expected later this afternoon that about two thousand mine workers will gather at Western chrome mine in Mooinooi, between Brits and Rustenburg to present a memorandum of demands to management.
The Natiounal Union of Mineworkers says their members will present their demands which include amongst other things: Decent accommodation and that the company should review its housing policy; that miners and smelters should negotiate around one negotiation table.
“We are tired over a plethora of issues chief amongst them is the issue of housing. We cannot live in residences that are reminiscent to pig stables any more, we need change and that change must happen now” says Mandlenkosi Tyesi in a statement.
Tyesi the unions Branch Secretary at Western Chrome says the are marching to present a memorandum as a warning to say if our demands are not attended to, then we may have no option but to seriously consider strike action.