Strike hits other miners

2012-09-28 14:27

Johannesburg - Gold miner‚ Village Main Reef [JSE:VIL] on Friday announced that an unprotected strike had started at its Blyvooruitzicht operation in the North Western Province.

It said in a note that the strike prevented Thursday’s night shift as well as Friday’s day shift from taking place and that most of the 1 700 employees forming part of the National Union of Mineworkers’ bargaining unit failed to report for work.

“Management will continue to engage in constructive dialogue with its employees‚ their representatives and other stakeholders with a view to maintaining peace and resolving the strike. Village reserves its right to approach the court for an interdict as this is considered to be an unprotected strike‚” the miner said.

Shares of Village Main Reef fell 6.35% weaker to R1.18.

Underground sit-in

Meanwhile striking mine workers at the Samancor Chrome mine in Mooinooi, Rustenburg were staging an underground sit-in to demand a R12 500 monthly salary, said the Rustenburg Joint Strike Co-ordinating Committee.

"The workers vow to stay underground until the Samancor management meets their demands, which include a R12 500 basic salary," said committee spokesperson Mametlwe Sebei.

In a statement headlined, "Occupation of the mine in demand of a R12 500 basic salary", Sebei said about 400 miners have been underground with no food or water since Thursday.

He claimed that the ventilation had been switched off.

"The mine management has... closed the mine's water supply, in an apparent move to starve and dry (sic) out the workers... we condemn this stance taken by management and urge them to go underground to table an offer."

He said the workers were also upset because the mine would not allow them to hold big gatherings.

"Yesterday, these workers decided to defy that and decided to gather underground at the mine."

Sebei said the organisation would be mobilising community members to gather in the afternoon and demand that the miners be given food and water.

The workers at the chrome mine have vowed to stay underground until management meets their demands, said Sebei.

Additional to the R12 500 demand, workers also wanted a R1500 sleep-out allowance and a R1 500 underground allowance.

Samancor was not immediately available to comment on the matter.

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  • yung.shlong - 2012-09-28 14:40

    We are concern about the stability of mining in South Africa. We have invested very much and will not allow company to practise bad labour relation. It will hurt economy and Chinese investment.

      Godfrey Attie - 2012-09-28 16:19

      they are warking hard give them want they want ,we sad a Betty live for all.

      barengkm - 2012-09-28 16:50

      U can go back home,if u don't want to pay workers,it is long overdue,

  • hasani.malungana - 2012-09-28 14:41


  • robert.mevo - 2012-09-28 15:00

    u r going 2 get ur money after 34 people died among b de 1.remember nothing 4 mahala.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-09-28 15:39

    This issue at Marikana , has set off ALL industries to push for more pay.....we have a lot of strikes going to happen before the end of the year.....if you yearning R5000 pm, you are definitely going to strike while the iron is hot, and ask for more money.

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-28 15:41

    Mining revolution will be televised

  • mullervince - 2012-09-28 15:46

    Morons!!!!!! Just want and want, but does not want to work or better themselves.

      bongile.langa - 2012-09-28 19:35

      @Mullervince: no u are a MORON, those people wake up and work looooong nd hard shifts so they cn take care of their families nd live a decent life. All they are asking 4 z some little appreciation frm their selfish employers!

  • barengkm - 2012-09-28 16:54

    This is mine revolution,those who are wise act now,pay workers living wage or face the music

  • christopher.madede1 - 2012-09-28 17:37

    Hope they are not going to send guyz in blue and their otomatic R5 and R6, to shoot at them , underground

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