Department of Labour
25 April 2019
The labour department has announced its intention to cancel the registration of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU).
Notice 598 was published in Government Gazette 42415 in terms of the Labour Relations Act.
According to the notice, the Registrar of Labour Relations, Lehlohonolo Molefe, indicated that the intention to cancel the registration of AMCU was due to the trade union having ceased to function in terms of its constitution and not being a genuine trade union as envisaged in the act.
Objections to the proposed cancellation of registration are invited within 60 days of the date of the notice.
Meanwhile, in a statement, the department has confirmed that Molefe intends deregistering AMCU as the “union failed to hold a National Congress in 2018 as per clause 22.3.1 of the latter’s constitution.”
According to the department, AMCU, in an April 3 letter, undertook to hold their National Congress in September 2019.
However, the Office of the Registrar is not convinced that AMCU can do so.
“Having read the letter received on April 3, 2019, and considering the submission by AMCU regarding its National Congress, the Office of the Registrar is not convinced that the trade union will be able to hold its National Congress during September 2019. One other reason is that if it does happen, it will be a bridge on its constitution clause 22.3.3 that the General Secretary shall inform all regions six months before the National Congress of the day of the Congress”, Molefe said.