Gold Fields not evicting miners

2012-10-08 16:40

Johannesburg - Gold Fields [JSE:GFI] will no longer apply for an eviction order to legally remove the 5000 miners from its KDC West hostels, the company said on Monday.

"We are no longer applying for the eviction order," spokesperson Sven Lunsche said.

"We reached the agreement with [the National Union of Mineworkers] that the miners should disarm. That was the reason for the eviction and now that the majority have been disarmed we feel that it is fair enough to halt the legal process."

However, he warned if they took up arms again the process would have to continue.

"But for now it is calm at the hostel."

Workers at the West Rand mine have been on strike for 29 days and are demanding a monthly pay of R12 500 after deductions.

Last week, the miners gathered on a hill off mine property as the word spread that they might be evicted.

On Wednesday, miners thought they were being evicted after receiving a notice from management.

They thought the notice was an eviction order, but Lunsche said the application for an eviction order was yet to be processed by the High Court in Pretoria.

What the workers had received was a sheriff's notice requesting reasons why they should not be evicted.

Lunsche said then the mine wanted the miners living in hostels evicted because of safety concerns.

Hostels were becoming a "hot-bed of violence" where petrol bombs were being made and plans for illegal action were being drawn up.

However, some miners on the hill, who began streaming down towards the hostel after getting the notice, wanted to gather their belongings.

Security guards stationed at the entrance gates to the hostels were confiscating weapons and searching cars.

On Wednesday evening, Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and Num president Senzeni Zokwana addressed the miners on the hill.

They told the crowd all CEOs of gold-producing mines would meet the two unions the following day to discuss the need to reopen wage negotiations.

They also said after a meeting with Gold Fields' CEO Nick Holland earlier in the day that it was agreed the strikers should go back to the mine hostels under the condition they disarm.

Later on Wednesday night, NUM announced that wage negotiations in the gold and coal mining industries would reopen under an agreement reached in a meeting in Johannesburg between the Chamber of Mines, NUM, Solidarity, and UASA.

"The chamber agreed to negotiate... [an] increase for entry level workers, [and] adjustment or upgrading for operators, which includes rockdrill operators...," NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said in a statement.

However, Lunsche said on Monday the company had not heard anything from the union.

"We are waiting for the NUM to present the framework agreement to workers at our mines to get them back to work."

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  • hein.helmand - 2012-10-08 16:50

    Thats good.

  • simon.stamp.98 - 2012-10-08 17:13

    Yes, very good, that should learn them a lesson???

  • andy.andrews.359126 - 2012-10-08 17:35

    Ok guys I have the solution to all these strikes and problems. 1. Tell all workers that they no longer need to work they can go back to their rural homes and they can relax their for the rest of their lives. 2. They will be sent every month a cheque for R 10000.00 per month and this money can be used to buy what ever they want groceries tv etc 3. They will not be required to pay for elect schooling water med etc. In return for all the free benefits and life long retirement they must give up the following 1. They must vacate the homes that they were given around the cities, RDP housing all the housing from the previous government that is leave the townships. 2. Allow the influx of skilled people into South Africa from Eastern Europe that is Polish Czechs Hungarians Romanians Chinese Indians and they will be given the accomodation in the townships that had been vacated 3. They would then also be given all the jobs that had been given up 4. From these people who are not scared to work and would be grateful for what they were given they would make South Africa very productive 5. As not only will they be workers initially they will also be entrepreneurs creating more jobs and more weAlth and so the economic wheel will turn and get larger and larger. South Africa would become a world economic power creating massive wealth for the country. So as can be seen from this enormous wealth that would be generated for everybody we would become a great country for all. Everybody would get what they wanted so everybody would be happy and we would all live happily ever after. Oops sorry I just smelt the coffee and woke up. LOL

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-09 07:54

    The mining houses are making a big mistake. You don't need pangas and knives to cause destruction, all it takes is a match or two.

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