Sibanye Gold shuts mine after union violence

Sibanye Gold shuts mine after union violence

2015-02-06 12:55

Johannesburg - South Africa's Sibanye Gold [JSE:SGL] suspended work at its Beatrix mine after nine workers were injured when a fight broke out between members of two rival unions.

The fight between members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) broke out on Thursday afternoon while Amcu officials were meeting the company's management to sign a recognition agreement, Sibanye said on Friday.

NUM has lost tens of thousands of members to Amcu in the platinum belt in a brutal turf war that erupted in 2012. NUM is struggling to hold on to its members as Amcu spreads its influence into other mining sectors like gold.

"The situation remains tense and management has decided to suspend operations at Beatrix North and South shafts while it attempts to restore calm and peacefully re-integrate the rival groups," Sibanye said in a statement.

  • Monika Evans - 2015-02-06 13:18

    Well Done Unions - just another nail in the unemployment coffin proudly brought to you by the trade unions. Bunch of morons.

  • Bloody Agent - 2015-02-06 14:11

    And people still wonder why a big mining company is poised to let 70 000 workers go by 2017!!

  • Lynda Tyrer - 2015-02-06 14:17

    Mechanise our mines like they do overseas

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