Miners down tools at colliery

2012-09-11 11:11

More than 200 mine workers at Golfview Colliery near Ermelo have downed tools following a breakdown of wage negotiations with management.

The miners, who are members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), are demanding a 10% increase on their basic wage and R1 000 more on their R700 housing subsidy. General workers on the mine earn R25 an hour.

Striking mine worker Victor Jele said over the phone: “Mine management is refusing to meet our demands and they have threatened to retrench or shut the mine if we don’t accept a 4.9% increase on the housing subsidy.”

The march started this morning.

Golfview Colliery operations manager Rob Tryte was not available to comment.

His office in Witbank said he was attending a course and City Press was given the mine’s number, which rang unanswered.

Attempts to get comment from Amcu in Witbank were also unsuccessful as their phones were not answered.

Two months ago, a group of furious Ermelo residents marched on the mine to protest against its employment of workers from other towns.

Golfview thereafter employed a few locals to stop the community protest.

The mine is owned by Anker Coal and Mineral Holdings SA (Pty) Ltd, which also has another mine, Elandsfontein, in eMalahleni (Witbank).

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