LANXESS steps in as NUMSA puts strikers’ health at risk

Continuing their illegal strike activities, workers from the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) have refused to come back to the surface for seven days now. Several workers were even forced to stay underground against their will. Despite repeated offers by the LANXESS mine to provide food and medical aid at the surface, the strikers have not left the mine. With their irresponsible actions, NUMSA has drastically worsened the situation of the illegal strikers underground. 

Moreover, it was reported to the LANXESS mine that food supplied to strikers by NUMSA was only shared with selected workers. In addition, strikers prevented sick workers from getting medical care. 

As an immediate emergency measure, the LANXESS mine now sends electrolytes and medical nutrition underground and calls on NUMSA strike leaders to ensure distribution especially to workers in need. 

The company urges NUMSA and the strike leaders to comply with the interdict issued by the Labour Court of Johannesburg on June 22, 2019 and stop the illegal strike immediately. In particular, workers in critical health condition must be allowed to return to surface without further delay. 

The strike activities started on the morning of June 19, 2019, when 290 NUMSA members embarked on an underground sit-in strike during their dayshift and refused several demands from the LANXESS mine to comply with the court interdict and come back on surface.

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Ben Marais
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Email: ben.marais@lanxess.com

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