National Union of Mineworkers (South Africa)


National Union of Mineworkers (South Africa)
NUM
NUM SA logo.png
Full name National Union of Mineworkers
Founded 1982
Members 300,000
Country South Africa
Affiliation COSATU, ICEM
Key people Frans Baleni, general secretary
Office location Johannesburg, South Africa
Website www.num.org.za

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is a trade union in South Africa. With a membership of 300,000 it is the largest affiliate of the Congress of South African Trade Unions. It was founded in 1982 and grew rapidly, winning bargaining recognition from the Chamber of Mines in 1983.

NUN campaigned successfully in the 1980s for the end of the job reservation system, a system which ensured that the best-paid jobs were allocated to whites.

NUM is affiliated internationally with the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions.

2007 Strike

On 4 December 2007, the Union went on strike to protest working conditions in South Africa's mines. The strike was spurred on by a rise in worker fatalities from 2006 to 2007, despite a government plan in October to reduce fatalities. Less than 5% of mineworkers came to work on that day. [1]

References

  • ICTUR et al.,, ed (2005). Trade Unions of the World (6th ed.). London, UK: John Harper Publishing. ISBN 0-9543811-5-7. 

External links

  • NUM official site.
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