Striking workers disperse at Gold Fields

2012-09-15 18:34
Julius Malema arrives at Gold Fields' KDC mine earlier in the week. (AFP, File)

Julius Malema arrives at Gold Fields' KDC mine earlier in the week. (AFP, File)

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Johannesburg - Striking mineworkers who had gathered at Gold Fields' KDC west mine near Carletonville on Saturday morning have dispersed, the company said.

Spokesperson Sven Lunsche said the area was calm and protesters had returned to their hostels. Wage talks between the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) and management would get underway either on Sunday or Monday, said Lunsche.

Miners affiliated to the Num went on strike on Sunday. Their demands included the removal of Num branch leadership at the mine, pay equalisation and a pay increase to R12 500.

Thousands of workers converged at the mine this week, causing disruptions and intimidation.

On Tuesday, expelled African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema called for the resignation of Num leaders, including its general secretary Frans Baleni, who was reportedly earning R1 4m a year, according to the Mail & Guardian.

Read more on:    gold fields  |  num  |  julius malema  |  frans baleni  |  johannesburg  |  mining unrest  |  mining  |  labour

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