Trade union Solidarity's National Executive Council (NEC) made the decision this morning to boycott the meeting of stakeholders and principals in the mining industry that was set up late on Wednesday afternoon by the office of the Minister of Mineral Resources, Mr Mosebenzi Joseph Zwane.
This comes after a flawed consultation process has been followed in the drafting of the new Mining Charter.
According to Solidarity General Secretary Gideon du Plessis, the likely contents of the charter may lead to job losses, and since his appointment, Minister Zwane has not followed the tradition established in 2010 that principals would meet on a monthly basis.
The charter is to be presented this morning at 10:00. The Minister only wanted to meet with the stakeholders at 09:00 today to inform us of the contents of the Charter.