Monday, June 22, 2015

Together we can win

"Nothing has changed. We are still being paid under the apartheid wage structure." explained  David Sipunzi, newly elected head of the NUM, South Africa's biggest mine union. He was referring to the fact that lower-paid miners were overwhelmingly black and often drawn from rural areas far from the shafts - a system that has prevailed for decades.

Sipunzi added he aimed to bring Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) back into his union which left over a decade ago. "We are not enemies, we are both workers. The enemy is the employer. If we are fragmented we are not going to win the battle with the employer."

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