UASA Media Release: 18 November 2021
Statement by Abigail Moyo, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:
Almost eight years after the 2014 AMCU strike at Impala Platinum (Implats), UASA signed a settlement agreement with the miner in terms of workers’ unlawfully deducted accumulated leave in the wake of the AMCU strike action.
UASA members who were employed at Impala at the time did not take part in the AMCU strike but were prevented from going to work due to the violence and intimidation during the strike action. Because the mine could not guarantee a safe workplace, workers were forced to go back home.
Consequently, UASA filed a court case against Impala Platinum in respect of the Mines Health and Safety Act 29 of 1996, Section 23 that deals with the right of employees to leave a dangerous working place.
On 21 January 2020, the Labour Court ruled in UASA’s favour, but Implats appealed the judgment.
UASA is most pleased that a positive outcome in the form of the settlement agreement has been yielded to our members after so many years. UASA will continue to fight for the rights of our members as we continue to advocate for fair treatment in the workplace.
For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Abigail Moyo at 065 170 0162 .