An estimated 800 miners marched at Lanxess Chrome Mine in Rustenburg on Friday, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said.

Protest march
“We handed over the memorandum of demands at 07:00,” said NUM regional organiser Comfort Xhala.

“The management accepted the memorandum and promised workers they would revert back to their concerns within seven days” he continued.

Workers’ concerns included the mine’s compliance with policy, wage agreements, affirmative action, transformation and employment equity.

“During the employment process, they disregard employment equity in line with the demographics of the country,” Xhala claimed.

The memorandum contained workers’ concern with what they alleged was exploitation and unfair treatment, unfair discrimination and the human resources department’s anti-union conduct.

Workers reported for work after the peaceful protest march and did their normal duties without difficulty, Xhala said.

Lanxess response
In a statement, Sarel Ferreira, Chief Executive Officer at Lanxess said “Most of the issues have already been part of our recent talks with the union, but apparently there are still concerns. We take this seriously and are open to discuss the addressed issues in the appropriate forums.

“We are currently looking into the matter and we offer to continue the dialogue in the appropriate and proven forums to find amicable solutions on the issues raised,” Ferreira said.