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NUM’s membership sees a slight drop

NUM general secretary Frans Baleni says their membership has dropped from around 270,000 three years ago.

FILE: The National Union of Mineworkers' General Secretary Frans Baleni. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

BOKSBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it now has just over 250,000 members across the country and while it's lost ground in mining, it's managed to regain those numbers in the construction sector.

The union is holding its National Elective Congress in Boksburg this week where it's debated the rise of Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and how to regain trust among its members.

NUM's general secretary Frans Baleni says their membership has dropped from around 270,000 three years ago.

Baleni said over the past three years NUM has been able to recruit over 63,000 workers but they've also lost a large amount of members.

"But unfortunately there is continuous leakage in terms of construction, projects which were completed, as well as mining which is on decline. Over 35,000 jobs have been lost in the last two years."

He said despite Amcu's strong presence at Lonmin, Anglo Platinum and Impala, the NUM has 40,000 members in Rustenberg.

"So you've got these mining sub-contractors who are also operating in those three mines."

Baleni says the NUM's strongholds are now in the gold mining sector and at Eskom where it remains the majority union.