Johannesburg - Workers at Gold Fields' Beatrix number four
shaft heeded a final ultimatum to return to work and were all back before the
deadline on Thursday, spokesperson Willie Jacobsz said.
"There is a full turn-out at Beatrix four," he
"At KDC West, we have seen some people come back, but
it is still too early."
They have until 2pm on Thursday to be back or they would be
fired, in terms of the ultimatum.
To ensure their return, safety measures were put in place
for the workers who had said they were scared of being hurt if they came back
while the strike was on.
"There has been a high level of focus on the safety and
security of the people and we have been working very closely with the police
who have given tremendous support."
Details on getting the gold mine up and running to its full
capacity again would be discussed later.
"Let us get the people back and we can talk about
that," he said.
Workers have been on an unprotected strike since September
24 over a range of issues which include unhappiness over the National Union of
Mineworkers shop stewards, pay equalisation and a pay increase to R12 500.
The latest returns mean that workers at Beatrix's one, two,
three and four shafts are all back and those at KDC West are returning. KDC
East workers still need to return for the strike to be completely over.