South Africa: Mine workers take over company to defend jobs

NUMSA supports the decision taken by Mine Line workers to take-over and run the company since it was long placed under curatorship.

The Mine Line company is based in Doornkop, and produces valves for mining machines. Out of fear of paying workers decent wages, its owner Waynerd Mulder declared the company bankrupt in August after reaping the profits generated through the sweat and blood of workers.

As a result of this melodrama by Mulder, workers were hardest hit by the company’s non-operation and lost their earnings in the midst of the escalating cost of living in our country.

The Mine Line workers have made a conscious decision to take over the operation of the company in order to save their jobs and the lives of their extended families. NUMSA calls on the departments of labour and trade and industry to show their support for Mine Line workers.