AngloGold mines at a standstill

2012-10-02 11:39

Johannesburg - AngloGold Ashanti's mining operations remained at a standstill on Tuesday as an illegal strike continued, the company said.

"We still have not received through the formal bargaining process any formal demands," spokesperson Stewart Bailey said.

"The overall environment remains calm."

As the strike continued those operations struggling to maintain a viable margin would be placed at risk, he said.

On Monday, CEO Mark Cutifani said it would not meet workers' demands outside the formal bargaining structures, as Lonmin [JSE:LON] had.

Giving into the striking workers' demands would only lead to job losses in future.

"I have no doubt that the implications for those companies that have had to agree to increased wage demands will be job losses. Absolutely... no doubt," he told reporters at the company's head office in Johannesburg.

"We understand what a Lonmin decision would mean for us as a business... It would mean job losses."

Samancor strike continues

Meanwhile an unprotected strike at Samancor was continuing on Tuesday, the company said.

"The company can confirm the strike is still underway and it is unprotected," spokesperson Sunel Pretorius said.

"Nothing has changed since yesterday."

On Monday, Samancor said its production had been affected.

"The company is currently engaging with its recognised unions in order to resolve the situation and to get the employees back to work," read a statement.

Workers wanted a monthly pay of R12 500 after deductions, a R1 500 sleep-out allowance, and a R1 500 underground allowance.

Monday's wildcat strike followed the end of a sit-in protest by about 400 workers at the mine on Friday.

Samancor said the sit-in had been organised by individuals and not by a union. The company said current wage negotiations were finalised with unions on Friday.

National Union of Mineworkers spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said the dispute, like many wildcat strikes hitting the mining sector, was the result of a combination of factors and not necessarily due to a wage dispute.

He said many of those involved in the strikes were unemployed or were "people involved in politics".

"So how can we then conclude that it is because people are unsatisfied with a signed wage deal?" Seshoka asked.

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  • Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-10-02 12:13

    Struggle for a living wage has just begun. Our country will stop being known for its cheap labour. Amandla!!!!!!

      craig.m.fulton - 2012-10-02 14:54

      Our country is known for anything but cheap labour. Why do you think so many immigrants from the rest of Africa don't struggle to get work here?

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-10-02 15:00

      They must cut the fat pay cheques of CEO's and Senior Officials to subsidize the wages of these ordinary employees

  • lawrence.bird.3 - 2012-10-02 13:11

    i think Anglogold mines should give workers wht they demand coz if strikes continues, The compony looses nd it also afect the government

      appietrader - 2012-10-02 14:10

      Give them what they want, being jobless! FIRE THEM

      saintbruce.bruce - 2012-10-02 18:07

      There is an existing Bargaining Agreement in place which runs for 2 years for the Gold Mining Sector. It is clear the Unions do not respect their own agreements. How can you negotiate with people who deliberately break their word? You don't, you be fair and reasonable and counter demand that they return to work, and if not, you fire them all! The Unions need to go back to school and re-learn that under the Labour Relations Act, a Bargaining Agreement is BINDING and LEGAL on all parties. Do the leaders of the Unions and their 'boss', Vavi, actually understand the laws of this country? I think not. Naturally making sense to these guys is fruitless if they blindly believe their dumb leadership.....need I say more?

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