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NUM members stage underground sit-in at Village Main Reef

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NUM has called out mining company, Village Main Reef, which the union being accuses of allegedly corrupt, exploitative and racial offences against the union and its members.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) took to Twitter on Wednesday, 2 December 2020, to call out mining company, Village Main Reef (VMR). The mining company is owned by Heaven Sent, a Chinese company that the union made reference to in the post and in a statement issued on the matter.

The union accuses VMR of a series of offences, including allegedly not paying its workers’ pension funds, despite having allegedly made deductions. NUM also accuses the company of allegedly sidelining people of colour, especially Black people, for managerial or senior positions.

These are the reasons why NUM says it supported the underground sit-in organised by its members at VMR. Additionally, the union has pledged its support for the workers, despite highlighting that its shop stewards were fired due to the current tough economic times.

The statement read, “Finally, our intervention as NUM, aimed at addressing the grievances of workers in trying to find an amicable solution with the employer, has been rejected by VMR. The NUM is going to defeat these Chinese capitalists’ barbarism. Our members are not slaves for the racist Chinese. The union will not capitulate in fighting for the genuine demands of its members.”

See the post below.

Sabelo Makhubo
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