THE workers at Basil Read mine at Tsumeb last week embarked on an illegal strike to protest poor management, conflict of interest and inconsistencies in the company.
According to the workers, the management team is not competent and does not have the leadership skills to occupy those positions as they do not listen to workers concerns and mistreat them.
In a petition presented to management last year, the workers said they were not happy with performance of the company’s top management and senior personnel, particularly the senior contract manager and pit superintendent.
They alleged that they show favouritism and display racism towards the workers.
David Phillip from the Mine workers Union said the strike is illegal because it was not approved by management.
“We have tried at different occasions to engage with management, but all they do is tell us that they will do something regarding management while workers suffer in the process,” said Phillip.
He added that they decided to go on an illegal strike despite knowing the effect of their strike as they are desperate for change.
The workers are also seeking for the removal of the board of directors.
“The workforce cannot even ask a simple question for clarity and we are not given clear instructions. Due to that we are constantly given warnings, suspended and dismissed without proper procedures being followed,” he noted.
Phillip stated that their demand for the removal of top management should be taken seriously, as they are ready to resume work as soon as their demands are met.