Lafarge South Africa confirms that it has regrettably had to dismiss some of its employees following several illegal work stoppages in the past few weeks.
Approximately 200 employees from some of the company's sites, including the main cement plant in Lichtenburg, were issued with letters of dismissal on Friday, 8 July 2016, after they ignored two written ultimatums to return to work.
The workers had illegally downed tools, to demand the reinstatement of the National Union of Mineworkers' (NUM) National Full Time Shop Steward, who has been suspended for contravening company policy.
"Management regrets having had to issue the notices of dismissal, but we were left with no other choice. We had exhausted all avenues, including giving the employees ample opportunity to return to work, as well as engaging the NUM head office. The workers repeatedly engaged in illegal works stoppages despite continued efforts to reach amicable solutions on outstanding issues," said Veli Gwamanda, Country Director for Human Resources.
Gwamanda added that, "Management continues to be prepared to discuss any concerns with employees, but can unfortunately not condone illegal behaviour nor actions that undermine the company's policies and procedures. We also had to act to protect our non-striking workers who were being threatened, harassed, intimidated and in some cases physically assaulted."
Disciplinary hearings started on Thursday, 14 July 2016 and are expected to be concluded in the coming days.
Contingency plans are in place and operations have not been affected.
Lafarge South Africa continues to monitor the situation closely.
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With a well-balanced presence in 90 countries and a focus on Cement, Aggregates and Concrete, LafargeHolcim (SIX Swiss Exchange, Euronext Paris: LHN) is the world leader in the building materials industry. The Group has 115,000 employees around the world and combined net sales of CHF 33 billion (EUR 27 billion) in 2014. LafargeHolcim is the industry benchmark in R&D and serves from the individual homebuilder to the largest and most complex project with the widest range of value-adding products, innovative services and comprehensive building solutions. With a commitment to drive sustainable solutions for better building and infrastructure and to contribute to a higher quality of life, the Group is best positioned to meet the challenges of increasing urbanization.
About Lafarge South Africa
Lafarge South Africa, a member of the LafargeHolcim group, manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates and readymixed concrete and fly ash through its various business units. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better cities, rural towns and villages. For further information, visit our website on: www.lafarge.co.za
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