Sit-in continues at Kumba mine

2012-10-06 16:08
Riot police keep an eye on strikers. (File, AFP)

Riot police keep an eye on strikers. (File, AFP)

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Two more mines join strike

2012-10-04 11:54

Kumba Iron Ore's Sishen mine workers in the Northern Cape on Wednesday joined their Gauteng Gold One counterparts in the wildcat strike that's crippling the mining sector. Watch.WATCH

Johannesburg - A sit-in by wildcat strikers at Kumba Iron Ore's Sishen mine continued on Saturday, the company said.

"We are hoping to have another round of talks today," spokesperson Gert Schoeman said.

He said the group of "less that 300" workers staging the sit-in moved around somewhat, but mainly based themselves at one mine dump.

Kumba suspended production at Sishen Mine on Thursday due to the strikers blocking access to the pit, creating an unsafe environment for mining operations.

He said on Thursday, the strikers presented their demand of a R15 000 monthly increase for all staff.
"That is their only demand and they don't want to talk."

Earlier this week, Schoeman said Kumba concluded a two-year wage agreement with organised labour two months ago that made provision for a salary increase of between 9 and 12%, which was well above the rate of inflation.

Sishen Mine employs approximately 12 700 workers.

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