Deadline looms for Gold Fields strikers

2012-10-18 07:56

Johannesburg - Over 13 000 striking Gold Fields [JSE:GFI] workers have to report for work by no later than 2pm on Thursday or face dismissal.

Those who returned to work before the deadline would benefit from an agreement reached under the auspices of the Chamber of Mines, Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland said on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the company issued a final ultimatum to all striking workers at its KDC West and Beatrix four shaft.

The miners have been on strike for more than a month for a monthly wage of R12 500.

The company said it had been left with little option but to issue the ultimatums, given the escalating violence among strikers. This included intimidation, attempted murder, and damage to property.

On Wednesday Gold Fields reported a full turnout of 6 200 employees at the number one, two, and three shafts of its Beatrix mine in the Free State.

About 2 800 employees at the Beatrix four shaft (formerly Oryx gold mine), 11 000 at KDC West, and 8 500 at KDC East, remained on an unprotected strike.

The ultimatum did not apply to the KDC East mineworkers who went on strike on Sunday. The company had applied for an interdict declaring that strike unlawful.

Gold Fields had lost about R1.2bn in revenue and 65,000 ounces in gold production due to the strike. The company had saved R900m in wages over the same period.

  • jason.a.evershed - 2012-10-18 08:27

    Enough time has been given for them to get back to work, Fire them all. Let the people that want to work, Work.

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-18 08:38

      R12,500 pm? What - are these people Gold Diggers?

  • marthinus.oosthuizen.7 - 2012-10-18 08:40

    Yes fire them, and the people behind this don't care about the economy. Once again the workers are being used as pawns.

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-10-18 08:41

    Send these workers to China for some training for a year and see how quickly they will report for work for a lesser wage and a changed mindset of never to indulge in strikes again.

  • rhett.deklerk - 2012-10-18 08:42

    Oh, yes...finally can't wait to see what happens. Naturally hoping for the best but is that realisitc based on the track record?

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