Gold One suspends Ezulwini workers

2012-10-04 10:27

Johannesburg - Gold One International [JSE:GDO] said on Thursday that it issued suspension notices to illegally striking workers at its Ezulwini operation on Wednesday‚ after repeated requests for workers to return to work were ignored.

The company obtained an interim interdict from the Labour Court of South Africa on 2 October‚ in terms of which the industrial action that began on 1 October was declared unprotected and unlawful.

The court ruling also interdicted striking workers from participating in further industrial action. Employees on suspension have been invited to make representations on 5 October against dismissal‚ in accordance with the company's disciplinary code.

The South African Police Service is maintaining a strong presence at the operation to ensure that there are no acts of intimidation or violence. Shareholders will continue to be informed of further developments.

Gold One President and CEO Neal Froneman commented: "I am disappointed that despite numerous requests to return to work‚ both before and after the award of the interdict‚ our employees have chosen to be in contempt of court and are acting without any regard for the rule of law. We are therefore without any option but to suspend these striking employees."

On 2 October the company reported that a large number of Ezuwini's 1 October night shift employees and 2 October morning and afternoon shift employees failed to report for work‚ following which the illegal strike was interdicted by the Labour Court.

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  • Warren Mudge - 2012-10-04 10:57

    I believe that there is Chinese investment in this mining house here. Hah, the perceived saviours of the African continent will not stand for this disobedience from their employees. They are also here just to rape this continent of it's mineral wealth, nothing more, nothing less. You wildcat strikers are lucky that you are not paid a dollar a day for your unskilled labour!

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-04 15:11

      Probably. Certainly five directors out of eleven are Chinese. They have an advantage: no violent deaths. One Company had to be the fall guy, and that was Lonmin.

  • Steven - 2012-10-04 11:01

    The best thing to do is to start hiring new workers, and as you do so, fire those you don't want. That way the power goes back to the employer. People don't like the idea of others taking their jobs.

  • trevor.roberts.148 - 2012-10-04 11:02

    The procedure should be, Illegal and unprotected strike. Instant dismissal. No argument.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-04 11:16

    At last employer action being taken. Let them go hungry.

  • jaco.human.562 - 2012-10-04 11:19

    Itis about time to take a stance against the unlawfullness in this country. Since when is the tail wagging the dog?

  • clive.wannenburg - 2012-10-04 11:29

    About time someone stands up and does the right thing. They have right and must obey the laws, the way it is been done is only the unions after there own profits again at the expence of the worker.

      alan.jerrold - 2012-10-04 12:00

      Agreed. For far too long have the unions been allowed to wreck our economy, while living like fatcats on well over R100 000 000 from workers' dues every month. Economics ultimately rules. Time for a wake up.

  • werner.schyns.9 - 2012-10-04 12:49

    Firing the old and hiring the new is not the answer as you will have the same problem in 6 months time. By SA standards R12500 per month for a full time mine worker is not a realistic wage. The masses have a lot of power.

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-10-04 13:24

    Finally!!! This should have happened at Lonmin and all other mines that fact the workers have been getting away with murder, illegal strikes and who know what else is a joke!! GO GOLD ONE!!!

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