Amcu has failed to operate as a genuine trade union, says labour registrar

Labour registrar Lehlohonolo Molefe, has issued a notice of intent to cancel the registration of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).

He says the union, which has 200 000 members, is no longer a genuine trade union.

He speaks to 702's Bongani Bingwa about the move to de-register the union.

Read: Amcu workers return to work, some share challenges brought on by strike

Amcu is not operating in terms of its constitution.

Lehlohonolo Molefe, Labour registrar

He explains that Amcu's constitution states that a national congress will be held every five years.

However, its last congress was held in 2013 and it failed to convene as it should have again in 2018.

In 2018, we made a follow-up to find out reasons why a congress was not held. They indicated that they are still busy with constitutional process and a congress will be held the following year, in May.

Lehlohonolo Molefe, Labour registrar

They also indicated that they will update the registrar by the end of 2018, which was not done.

Lehlohonolo Molefe, Labour registrar

We did a follow-up at the beginning of 2019 and we were told we must back off, we are giving them unusual attention, it has never been seen that the registrar has so much interest in the affairs of a trade union.

Lehlohonolo Molefe, Labour registrar

Molefe says the union did not honour its commitment to the registrar to convene its congress in May this year.

In April, the union wrote to the registrar stating that the congress would be held only in September, due to the gold miners' strike at Sibanye Stillwater.

However, Molefe says all this is in breach of Amcu's constitution.

The guidelines are quite clear. The trade union is an association of employees and there should be an established and effective functioning of branches, the holding of regular meetings of members, the election of shop stewards and the election of members as office bearers.

Lehlohonolo Molefe, Labour registrar

The reason why some of these trade unions are faced with challenges is that the constitution, which is supposed to be the blueprint, is not complied with.

Lehlohonolo Molefe, Labour registrar

If all these things were done, all these issues we are raising today would've been captured in the regional and national congresses.

Lehlohonolo Molefe, Labour registrar

Amcu is not operating in terms of its constitution and it has failed to operate as a genuine trade union.

Lehlohonolo Molefe, Labour registrar

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