Another sit in at AngloGold

2012-11-02 08:57

Another sit-in is taking place at AngloGold Ashanti’s TauTona shaft near Carletonville as workers expressed dismay over the conditions of a bonus they were promised to stop striking.

“It is peaceful, there is no damage,” said AngloGold Ashanti spokesperson Alan Fine today.

The company, which has just managed to get 12 000 striking workers back to their posts, locked the Mponeng shaft for repairs after a similar sit-in there yesterday which ended after discussions between management and workers.

Fine said miners made a small fire that damaged electrical supplies and had to be repaired. The shaft would reopen on Sunday.

In the meantime, management would talk to mine workers to resolve the TauTona impasse.

However, miner Rodgers Motlhabane said by telephone workers arrived at the Mponeng shaft, one of the deepest in the world, for their night and morning shifts not knowing what was going on.

An armoured vehicle drove past telling them the shaft was closed.

“They never came to explain to us why we can’t come underground. They just come and announce with a hippo (armoured vehicle),” he said.

“We are not on strike, because they are the ones who locked us out.”

Colleagues at the TauTona mine had let them know that they were going to have a sit-in.

They intended walking to a nearby koppie, where they gathered during the four weeks they were on strike, to discuss what to do.

Motlhabane said that according to the agreement made to return to work, they would receive an incentive bonus with no conditions.

On their return, though, they were told the conditions were that: they not strike for the first two weeks they were back; there be no fatalities until November 16; they not engage in any action to disrupt production; and meet a high target for gold production.

“It is not possible. Anything can happen underground,” said Motlhabane.

“Conditions underground are very different.”

He said although he was a member of the National Union of Mineworkers, he was not speaking on the union’s behalf, but as the “voice of the working class”.

Fine said the company believed that workers had known about the conditions attached to the bonus.

Even management’s bonuses were linked to safety, and the company wanted to instil a strong sense of safety consciousness, he said.


Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.