AngloGold illegal strike spreads

2012-09-26 07:48

Johannesburg - World No. 3 gold producer AngloGold Ashanti [JSE:ANG] said on Wednesday an illegal strike had spread through its South African operations and the majority of its 35 000 workers in the country were now on strike.

“Workers at AngloGold Ashanti’s South African operations have embarked on an unprotected strike, preventing the commencement of the night shift on September 25,” the company said in a statement.

It did not say what the current demands were. South Africa accounted for about 32% of the group’s global output of just over a million ounces of gold in the first half of 2012.

AngloGold’s Mponeng operation, the world’s deepest mine that is extracting ore at a depth of 4kms, is among those affected by the latest illegal strike to hit South Africa’s mining sector.

Most of AngloGold’s 35 000 employees have now joined the wildcat action that began last week at its Kopanang mine, spokesperson Alan Fine said.

A wave of wildcat action is roiling South Africa’s mines, including a six-week stoppage at platinum producer Lonmin [JSE:LON] in which 45 people were killed last month.

Gold Fields [JSE:GFI], the world’s fourth largest bullion producer, said on Tuesday workers had reneged on a deal to end a two-week strike at its KDC West operation in South Africa and miners at its Beatrix mine had also downed tools.

Top platinum producer Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS] also has operations shut because of the labour strife.

Fuelled in part by glaring income disparities, illegal strikes erupted in the platinum sector in the form of a bloody turf war between the Num and the more militant Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).

The strikes have now spread to the gold sector but there is no evidence yet of Amcu involvement in the unrest.

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  • osmaseko - 2012-09-26 08:31

    Pay the people

  • Kalari - 2012-09-26 08:37

    Illegal strike??? Nothing in this country is illegal anymore.

  • Joubs1957 - 2012-09-26 08:42

    Close down all operations for a year then we will see what happens???

      tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-26 12:40

      Mine managers and shareholders will suffer the most and Chinesse will be happy to come and take over the mines and rehire those workers *just wonder who will suffer the most, think before you talk*

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-09-26 09:04

    The ANC's chickens have come home to roost. Long live the unholy alliance between the socialists, communists and nationalists where all take, take, take and then wonder why there's nobody left working to continue contributing to their ever deepening pockets. The ANC are going to preside - in all their glory and splendour, with blue lights a-blinding and trumpets a-blaring, and with KFC, empty promises and free t-shirts for the masses - as they shut down the economy, blaming it on the west, apartheid, whites, 5th columnists, the media, Martians, neo-colonialists, Nazis, imperialists and possibly even everybody's ancestors. Go team, go.

  • vera.platt - 2012-09-26 11:44

    My question is - what warants their salary increase? Their skilled job? My 16 year old cousin could also push a green button that says dig - there is no skill in that. This countries secretaries and receptionists alone have more skill than all of these undeserving miners and they get paid less than half what this mob is demanding. Maybe that is the problem? They only know how to demand. I suggest Anglo demands they get back to work or they will be fired. They think that they are not replaceable, someone needs to take a stand and show them that they are. Surely their contracts included a clause stating termination of contract upon participation in illegal activities?

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-26 12:38

    Like the bosses have said before they are not going to entertain any demands, i wonder if that tune is not going to change now - ha ha ha ha ha - the masses are now taking to the street

  • shakir.eddericks - 2012-09-26 17:07

    Fire them, and then re-hire them and pay them what they want on a fixed term contract. then after their contract ends hire some other fools on a lower pay scale

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