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SF Soldiarity Action With Namibian MUN Rossing Mine Fired Union Leadership & Their Lawyer
Date Tuesday October 12
Time 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Event Type Protest
Organizer/AuthorUFCLP
Location Details
San Francisco Chinese Consulate 1450 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94115
10/27/21 Global Soldiarity Action Wiith Namibian MUN Rossing Mine Fired Union Leadership & Their Labor Lawyer Hewat Beukes


The Namibian Miners Union Of Namibian Rossing Branch 7 union executive members have been unlawfully dismissed since September 2020 by their employer the state owned Chinese National Nuclear Corporation CNNC which has majority ownership of the Rossing uranium mine.

The company has been stalling the arbitrations and is trying to starve the mners and their families to give up. The Namibian government run by SWAPO is also allowing the flagrant violations of labor laws and union contracts by the Chinese government and Chinese privately owned mines in Namibia. In fact striking Chinese workers at the Best Cheer marble mine were replaced by Chinese nationals when they went on strike in April 2021 for better health and safety conditions and housing benefits.

Last month, the lawyer for the MUN Rossing Branch leadership Hewat Beukes was attacked when his house was surrounded and his electricity and water was cut off. Beukes also represents other workers and unions throughout Nambia including the Nambian United Fisherman.

The escaltation of attacks on not only the miners but their attorney must be protested internationally.
We call on supporters of the Namibian MUN Rossing miners on

Wednesday October 27, 2021 4PM
San Francisco Chinese Consulate 1450 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94115
and other embassies and consulates around the world.

Stop Union Busting Of Namibian MUN Rossing Miners and All Trade Unionists In Namibia
Rehire The MUN Rossing Mineworkers Branch Leadership NOW!
Hands Off Namibian Labor Lawyer Hewat Beukes-Restart his electricity and water NOW!
Victory To The Workers & Unionists Of Nambia!
An Injury to One is An Injury to All!

Endorsed by United Front Committee For A Labor Party UFCLP
Higher Education Action Team
Freedom Socialist Party
Internatonal Labor Solidarity Committee For The Namibian Miners
https://ilscnamibia.wordpress.com
https://www.facebook.com/ILSCNamibianMiners

Hands Off Namibian Worker’s Lawyer Hewat Beukes & His Family
An Attack On The Namibian Working Class

Whereas, Nambiian lawyer Hewat Beukes has represented the MUN Rossing Branch union leaders who were fired by the Chinese National Nuclear Corporation CNNC and the Namimbia United Fisherman’s union as well as many other workers in Namibia and,
Whereas, Erica Beukes, who leads the Namibia Workers Help Center which as supported community members around housing, justice and health and,
Whereas on July 20, 2021 Namibian police surrounded their home in Khomasdal and tried to illegally gain entrance to their home without a warrant and government authorities have cut-off supplies of water and electricity in the middle of the Covid lockdown in Namibia and,
Whereas, other disabled residents of their home are also threatened by this action and this is causing a health hazard to the Beukes and other residents,
Whereas, this attack on the Beukes is not only an attack on them but the working class in Namibia,
Therefore be it resolved we call on an end to this government harassment and call on Namibian officials to halt this political targeting of the Beukes for their activies in support of the struggle of the Namibian unions and working class and call
on supporters of this statement contact
Windhoek Mayor Job Shipululo Amupanda shipululo [at] gmail.com
Chief Justice Peter Shivute cjsecretary [at] jud.gov.na
Judge President Petrus Demaseb Loraine.Cloete [at] jud.gov.na
and call for an end to this harassment and illegal retaliation for defending the working people of Namibia
Copy statement to
hewatbeukesz9(at)yahoo.co.uk
nehoya141082(at)gmail.com
labormedia1(at)gmail.com

Additional media:

Namibian Rössing Mine Workers Face Covid-19 & Attacks From China National Uranium Corporation
https://youtu.be/pHsDDqy_WPU

The Attack On Namibian Labor Lawyer Hewat Beukes & The Namibian Working Class
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCHF-kBOK-s&t=3s

The Union Busting War On Namibian Workers
https://youtu.be/twVLySyVcT8

The Union Busting War On Namibian Workers
The Namibian Mineworkers are under attack. There is a union busting campaign aimed at destroying the Mineworkers Union of Namibia MUN and this has video has segments of their struggles in the Namibian mines.

Namiibia Karibib Best Cheer marble processing plant strike enters third day
https://www.nbc.na/news/karibib-marble-processing-plant-strike-enters-third-day.44864

Striking employees of Best Cheer company block entrances to premises at Karibib
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ-JmoYceQc

Marble factory workers want improved conditions
https://neweralive.na/posts/marble-factory-workers-want-improved-conditions

Namibian MUN Rossing Miners Leadership Win Labor Board Ruling Against Stalling By China Owned CNNC
https://youtu.be/53-gMl-Sd3U

Namibia Mine Workers Union Rossing Leaders Report On CNNC & Letter To Chinese President Xi-Jinping
https://youtu.be/oNoaMxLiC9U

The Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) Rossing Branch & The Struggle of The Namibian Working Class
https://youtu.be/1LCD5ZuAgvc

Namibian Rössing Mine Workers Face Covid-19 & Attacks From State Owned China National Uranium Corporation Limited (CNUC)
https://youtu.be/pHsDDqy_WPU

Namibia Rössing, union in wage deadlock
https://www.namibian.com.na/198882/archive-read/Rössing-union-in-wage-deadlock

China and Namibia Rössing Workers on Collision Course
https://www.facebook.com/informantenam/posts/3090166147716991/

Namibia MUN claims China National Nuclear Corporation is falling short of its Rossing promises
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nLuFIxwcIM&feature=emb_logo
https://www.nbc.na/news/mun-claims-china-national-nuclear-corporation-falling-short-its-rossing-promises.29304

Namibia Rössing uranium mine union members face dismissal by Chinese owners
https://www.namibian.com.na/203896/archive-read/Rössing-union-members-face-dismissal

Swapo, what is 'Socialism with a Namibian Character’?
https://www.namibian.com.na/183845/archive-read/Letter-of-the-Week--Swapo-what-is-Socialism-with-a-Namibian-Character
Namibia says China can buy Rio's uranium stake if it respects laws
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-rio-tinto-namibia-china/namibia-says-china-can-buy-rios-uranium-stake-if-it-respects-laws-idUSKCN1SZ0UR

Namibia Miners Solidarity Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/ILSCNamibianMiners

Petition To Support The Rehiring of the Miners
https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/the-reinstatement-of-the-nine-unlawfully-and

Internatonal Labor Solidarity Committee For The Namibian Miners
https://ilscnamibia.wordpress.com
https://www.facebook.com/ILSCNamibianMiners

Namibian Union mobilises members to protect themselves at Chinese workplaces
“With high numbers of labour cases of violence and harassment at Chinese workplaces, this directive will be used by Chinese employers against local workers,” the union said.

https://www.namibian.com.na/104018/read/Union-mobilises-members-to-protect-themselves-at-Chinese-workplaces

News - National | 2021-08-01
by Ester Mbathera

MANWU general secretary Justina Jonas
THE Metal and Allied Namibian Workers Union (Manwu) has mobilised its members working for Chinese companies to protect themselves at their workplaces.
The union announced on its social media platforms that dialogues between trade unions and the Chinese embassy to address violence and harassment at the workplace have left them with no option but to mobilise their members.

The union, like many Namibians, took to social media after a police memo in which the Namibian police head, inspector general Sebastian Ndeitunga, requested regional police commanders to tighten security around Chinese nationals and their businesses.

The union believes the government gave a directive for special protection for Chinese nationals in the country.

“With high numbers of labour cases of violence and harassment at Chinese workplaces, this directive will be used by Chinese employers against local workers,” the union said.

Manwu general secretary Justina Jona confirmed the union's position, although she said they have not consulted Ndeitunga yet.

“We will write him a letter tomorrow (on Monday). We just reacted to the letter which we know is valid,” she said.

Jonas could not explain what the union meant by "members protecting themselves at workplaces".

“I will not respond to that, because you seem to be protecting the Chinese,” she said on Sunday.
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Added to the calendar on Tuesday Oct 12th, 2021 2:46 PM
§Fired Miineworkers Union Of Namibia Rossing Dismissed Leaders
by UFCLP
Tuesday Oct 12th, 2021 2:46 PM
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The state owned Chinese National Nuclear Corporation CNNC which owns the Rossing mine last September dismissed the entire union branch leadership for refusing to give up healthcare benefits and also opposing the replacement of MUN Rossing miners with Chinese employees brought in by the company to replace Namibian workers.
beukes_hewat.jpg
Hewat Feukes the labor lawyer for the dismissed Mine Workers Union of Namibia Rossing Branch leaders has face government repression to shut him down. The government shut off his water and electricity for him and his family at his home and office. He also represents other MUN workers as well as the United Fisherman Association Of Namibia. Corrupt Namibian government officials including the Minister of Fisheries and Justice took bribes to sell of fishing licenses to the Icelandic Fishing Company and this led to thousands of fisherman losing their jobs. A video called Fishrot has been done about this systemic corruption and the fisherman are still fighting for justice.

The Namibia Fisherman United Association have also come under attack.


Namibia Fisherman United Association
yolokenii23 [at] gmail.com; onemay52 [at] ymail.com
P.O. Box 7032 Kuisebmund Cell: + 264 81 347 1861/081 310 9870


10 April 2017
OPEN LETTER

TO: THE PRESIDENT OF NAMIBIA Hage Geingob
COPY: THE MINISTER OF FISHERIES Albert Kawana

THE PRESIDENT OF ICELAND Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson

MR JUSTICE ANGULA
05 JUNE 2020
Mr President,
In the State of the Nation Address yesterday, which was broadcast publicly, you said that “I told the fishermen that their strike was illegal” at Swakopmund on the 17th July 2019, last year. We, the fishermen, lodged a review application in the Labour Court on 21 June 2019 against the Labour Commissioner, your government, for refusing to register our case against our illegal dismissal on 26 October 2015.
The review is still in process to be heard in the Labour Court.
Yesterday in the same State of the Nation Address, you were asked to comment on the fishing scandal called “Fishrot” which started in 2010 and continued to destroy thousands of jobs and the fishing waters of Namibia.
You said your lawyers advised you not to say anything as the case was pending in the courts, people were arrested and were in jail. There is no case against you, but you are implicated. As head of government, you have to give answers.
You are the head of the government and your statement goes for the whole government including the courts of this country. This means that you have destroyed our chances of a fair hearing in the courts of this country.
What is more, is that it is not true that our strike was illegal.
After three years of struggle with your government to enforce the law, the Labour Ministry eventually conducted an investigation into the terrible conditions under we worked. The Ministry issued a report on 5 November 2014 stating that “The investigation confirmed that the contraventions raised by the seafarers in terms of section 15, 16, 17 and 19 of the Labour Act (Act No. 11 of 2007) do exist.” The report was signed by the deputy permanent secretary.
Your government did nothing to correct that and force the fishing companies to comply. When we eventually went on strike on 26 October 2015 on these complaints, on 21-36 hour shifts without sleep and unsafe working conditions, we were summarily dismissed.
All those, government, fishing companies, political parties who held fishing interests called our strike illegal while pretending to support us.
We publish this letter, which we will submit in our court case.
There is no law in this country. The destruction of fish resources and jobs clearly prove this.
We are further disappointed by your disloyalty in this whole matter.
In 2016 more than 4000 fishermen came to Windhoek to protest our illegal dismissal. You sent fully armed policemen with dogs and armed vehicles to block us at Okahandja Park, the outside of Windhoek.
You send a message that you would only see 8 fishermen. We sent 8 fishermen and you stated that you supported the fishermen against their exploitation and injustice of the fishing companies.
This position was published by the Namibian newspapers.

____________________________
MATHEW LUNGAMENI
CHAIRMAN


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