started this petition to
Windhoek Mayor Job Shipululo Amupanda, Chief Justice Peter Shivute, Judge President Petrus
Off Namibian Labor Lawyer Hewat Beukes and the Dismissed Leaders of the Mineworkers
Union Of Namibia, Rossing Union!
The Chinese National Nuclear
Corporation of China CNNC bought the Rossing mine from Rio Tinto in 2019
promising to abide by labour contracts, labour law, and the Labour Code of
Instead, they immediately embarked on
a campaign of cutting access to health rights for workers,attempting to bribe
union leaders, firing workers to replace them with outsourced, contracted
labour, and on busting the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN), especially
through the swamp of replacement, temporary positions, which are not
The Chinese government is now the
largest investor in the Namibian uranium industry, and they are using this
control to implement a form of labour control similar to Apartheid, in previous
the union leaders protested at the Rossing mine, 9 branch union leaders
were fired, and they have been fighting for their jobs back since 2020.
They CNNC want to starve them out and have blacklisted them from
working at other companies.
Mining Service is also replacing union miners with temporary contract workers
and at the Rossing mine they are laying off 400 miners, while hiring
contract workers to replace them.
the Namibian judicial system and these capitalist companies are now harassing
and intimidating the Namibian political labour lawyer, Hewat Beukes who has been defending these
miners as well as other workers in Namibia (for example, the Namibian
These tactics seem like an unacceptable and
deliberate attempt to prevent Hewat Beukes from
representing the unions and working people of Nambia.