NUM: Our members haven't intimidated anyone
NUM general secretary Frans Baleni claims the strike is the result of long-running problems at the mine.
JOHANNEBURG - National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) General Secretary Frans Baleni says Northam Platinum have done the wrong thing by temporarily shutting down its Zondereinde mine after a wildcat strike there by workers.
Northam shut the mine this morning saying that non-striking workers were being intimidated by NUM members.
But Baleni says his members have not intimidated anyone.
He says this strike is the result of long running problems at the mine.
Baleni has called Northam Platinum chief executive Paul Dunne stubborn and claims that NUM members have been complaining.
He claims to have correspondence of various meetings where members complained to management about the mine making unilateral decisions to discard agreements made between the two parties.
The union says more than 5,000 of its members at the mine have signed a petition to have Dunne fired over what they say is an attempt to destabilise the union.
The NUM's Livhuwani Mammburu has said the strike will continue in spite of a Labour Court interdict declaring it unprotected.