• Latest posts

  • What we write about

  • Archived posts

  • Justice for Silicosis Sufferers – ACTSA attend Anglo American AGM

    By Robyn | May 4, 2017

    At the Anglo American AGM on 24 April ACTSA pushed for urgent action to establish a comprehensive industry wide scheme for Southern Africa mineworkers who have silicosis to provide decent health care and compensation.

    ACTSA was represented by Director Tony Dykes and Senior Campaigns Officer Sunit Bagree who raised the apparent lack of action since the settlement covering 4,365 mineworkers in March 2016. ACTSA queried why Anglo American and other mining companies continued to appeal court decisions in South Africa and oppose the class action on behalf of 30,000 mineworkers, including contesting elements that were part of the settlement of March 2017.

    Questions were also put to the board by Peter Bailey, Chair of Health and Safety of the National Union Mineworkers of South Africa and Glen Mpufane, Director of Mining of IndustriALL, the global trade union federation.

    The Chief Executive of Anglo American seemed to accept the need to communicate better and hold more regular meetings with key stakeholders in South Africa in order to discuss an industry wide compensation scheme for those with silicosis. Anglo American continues to deny any liability for ex-gold mineworkers with silicosis.

    ACTSA’s participation was facilitated by the London Mining Network (LMN), of which ACTSA is a member. A full report of the questions and points raised at the AGM is on the LMN website. ACTSA has also published a briefing paper Coughing Up; Justice for Southern Africa gold mineworkers with silicosis and tuberculosis.

    Topics: News from ACTSA | No Comments »

    Leave a comment