Kumba strikers face criminal charges

2012-10-15 14:55

Johannesburg - Kumba Iron Ore [JSE:KIO] said on Monday it had obtained a Labour Court order‚ forcing striking workers at its Sishen mine to leave the premises immediately‚ following their failure to appear before the disciplinary hearing this morning.

String employees have been ordered not to be within 500m of the property.

“Should they not leave the mine immediately‚ the South African Police Service has been ordered by the court to remove them‚” Kumba spokesperson Gert Schoeman said.

He said the miners - estimated to be fewer than 120 - would mostly likely be dismissed and criminal charges would be formulated against them.

“They had until 11am this morning to report for a disciplinary hearing for embarking on an illegal strike. The criminal charges include extortion‚ intimidation‚ theft‚ trespassing and malicious damage to property‚” Schoeman said.

The strike‚ which began on October 3‚ has cost SA’s biggest iron producer more than R1.2bn in lost revenue.

The strikers are demanding a monthly salary increase of R15 000 for all Kumba employees. Their current salary range from R12 000 to R31 000 a month‚ excluding housing allowances‚ bonuses and other benefits‚ according to the company.

Last week‚ the miners made off with equipment worth R3.3bn‚ threatening to destroy it if their demands were not met.

At 2pm on Monday Kumba’s share price was down 1.28% at R492.59‚ valuing the company at R15.864bn.

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  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-15 15:22

    Bye Bye.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-15 15:25

    Theft and other criminal activities seems to be just another job opportunity for many in this country. We need 100 more jails in SA.

  • Daniel Mah - 2012-10-15 15:26

    15k increase wow

  • marius.burger.14 - 2012-10-15 16:00

    These bastards got enormous bonus amounts last year, word was anything ranging from 150-300K, amounts I personally can only dream of, this is absurd and ridiculous to say the least!!

  • rhenier - 2012-10-15 16:04


      dean.cent.9 - 2012-10-15 17:06

      terrorists? yes! But does that mean the western world is behind them? On this occasion perhaps not as they are against the rape of the western world. Imprison them though please so their children can learn from the errors of their ways.

  • flysouth - 2012-10-15 16:05

    Such behaviour is unacceptable and actually criminal. Arrest should already have been made. And what is this about when wages are said to be between R12 and R31k per month? They demand R15000 more at a time of desperate uneployment for most others? Are they crazy, especially given that these workers received fat share-scheme payouts just last year? There can be no negotiation with such people. And for as long as such people, with their abberant way of thinking exist SA will remain in difficulty.

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