B2Gold and MUN sign recognition and procedural agreement

11 Aug 2015 08:40am
WINDHOEK, 11 AUG (NAMPA) – The management of B2Gold Namibia and the leadership of the Mineworkers' Union of Namibia (MUN) have signed a recognition and procedural agreement.
A media statement issued to Nampa on Monday by B2Gold Africa's Public Relations Manager, Gretha du Plessis read the agreement came after the trade union (MUN) met the required provision of the 50 per cent plus one member representation in the company.
The statement said the agreement will provide a solid and principled basis that will govern the parties’ relationship on various aspects.
“The signing of this document by the MUN and B2Gold Namibia represents a significant milestone in the history of B2Gold and a major step towards achieving harmonious relations between management and employees,” it added.
The statement further noted that the basis of any relationship is communication and it follows that a mutually supportive and beneficial relationship begins with good communication.
With more than 700 employees, many of whom are represented in the bargaining unit, Otjikoto Mine management and employees would not be able to communicate effectively without a structure representing the employees, just as the management structure represents the company.
Quoted in the statement, Managing Director of B2Gold Namibia, Mark Dawe commended the two parties for signing the important agreement, which has paved the way for open and honest discussions in future.
He stressed that realising the importance of the recognition and procedural agreement, both parties went to great lengths to ensure that it is a fair and comprehensive document, “that will govern and guide this crucial relationship for the life of Namibia’s newest mine, Otjikoto
Gold Mine”.
The agreement was signed on 27 July this year.