Gold Fields KDC miners ignore ultimatum

2012-10-23 09:19

Johannesburg - Gold Fields [JSE:GFI] said on Tuesday striking workers at its KDC East operations in South Africa are yet to return to work despite the company issuing an ultimatum for the employees to resume work or face dismissal.

South Africa is struggling to resolve violent unrest that has poisoned industrial relations and marred its image overseas.

“So far we have no turnout at KDC East but the final deadline is this afternoon,” said company spokesperson Sven Lunsche.

He said the company would provide another update at 4:00 p.m. local time. About 8 500 workers at the KDC East were issued an ultimatum to start returning to work with the night shift on Monday and the morning and afternoon shifts on Tuesday.

With the government now pressing miners to return to work, more companies are resorting to hard-ball negotiating tactics to end wildcat strikes. Some have been successful.

AngloGold Ashanti [JSE:ANG], the world’s No.3 gold producer, told striking miners on Monday to return to work by Wednesday or face dismissal.

Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS], the world’s largest platinum producer, was the first to take a stand, sacking 12 000 workers at its Rustenburg operations earlier this month.

Amplats’ Rustenburg mines have been shut since September 12. It said on Thursday it would delay the dismissal process at Union and Amandelbult, where it employs 20 500 people. It also said it was open to discussing the reinstatement of the sacked workers with unions.

The strikes spread into other mining industries after starting in the platinum mines. At Lonmin [JSE:LON] Marikana mine in Rustenburg police shot dead 34 miners in one day in August, the most violent police action in South Africa’s post-apartheid history.

A government-appointed commission investigating the “Marikana massacre” heard opening statements from police, unions and Lonmin on Monday.

  • thechrisberryshow - 2012-10-23 09:31

    I'm guessing the next headline: "8500 miners unexpectedly arrive at KFC. Goldfields apologizes for "typo" on ultimatum pamphlet"

      juju.malema.792 - 2012-10-23 09:59

      Classic!! chirp of the day!

      justin.feuilherade - 2012-10-23 13:07


  • Teuneman - 2012-10-23 09:44

    If they stayed in school after std 3, they would probably have learned that you aggree to a deal before it gets taken from the table. Now they will become the tax payerk's problem. I have no sympathy.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-23 09:52

    I'm afraid there's a lot more to this than meets the eye!! Ask Mantashe he seems to know

  • aspruyt - 2012-10-23 09:58

    Fire them and evict them from the hostels!

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-10-23 10:08

    What does signing agreements with the Chamber and ALL unions help if workers will not return till the last minute or not at all,the unions seem to have lost control? Time to stick to ultimatums and have the full support of goverment.

  • willbeonekenobi - 2012-10-23 10:18

    They should be fired on the spot. If they are not showing any interest in working they should pack up their things and go somplace else. As the old saying goes 'You made the bed, now sleep in it'. There are a lot of people that would be more than willing to do their job and probably do it much better than rhem.

  • dries.reyneke - 2012-10-23 10:21

    What is the date of the next ultimatum?

      dewalds3 - 2012-10-23 10:41

      Don't know, but I think this time will be a FINAL ultimatum, LOL!

  • simon.stamp.98 - 2012-10-23 11:09

    Told you so, they don't worrie at all about all the 'final warnings' Management is just making itself rediculous and week in their eyes.

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