Talks to solve illegal strike activities at the LANXESS Chrome Mining site failed

  • NUMSA refusing further talks to solve the issue
  • Safety and wellbeing of workers has highest priority

Rustenburg - Talks to solve the current illegal strike activities at the LANXESS Chrome Mining (Pty) Ltd (LCM) site in Rustenburg failed on Monday night as representatives of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) decided to leave a meeting with LCM. 

Despite the fact that the underground sit-in strike was already declared illegal on June 22nd 2019 by an interdict from the Labour court of Johannesburg, LCM entered into talks to discuss the matter in good faith.

LCM regrets that NUMSA is no longer willing to engage in the discussion. We urge NUMSA to end the illegal strike activities immediately and to ensure that all strikers get back to the surface. Moreover, we ask the striking NUMSA workers to allow the workers who are kept underground against their will, to get up to surface immediately. Our highest priority is to secure the safety and well-being of all employees underground. Therefore we need to ensure that the court interdict compelling NUMSA to call off the strike, is executed.

The strike activities started on the morning of June 19th 2019, when 290 NUMSA members embarked on an underground sit-in strike during their dayshift. 

LCM management received a list of demands that addresses various labour-related matters, including a case of sexual harassment. The case dates back to October 2018 and is already being thoroughly investigated by an independent  investigator. 

The main focus of LCM is currently on resolving the situation quickly and safely without any violence and bringing all employees back to surface, well and safe. Meanwhile, supply of potable water and fresh air underground is maintained. 

The company takes these developments and demands very seriously and has repeatedly made clear its availability to discuss all addressed matters in the appropriate forums.


Corporate Communications Contact Details:

Ben Marais
Tel: +27 11 457 4000
Fax: +27 11 457 4099

Email: ben.marais@lanxess.com



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