Carletonville miners inform Vavi of demands

2012-09-19 16:29

Hundreds of striking Gold Fields mineworkers gathered at the Masizakhele sports complex in Carletonville to inform Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi of their demands.

Workers told Vavi they wanted a minimum wage of R12 500, equalisation pay (money promised to them two years ago) and the removal of local National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) leaders.

Vavi – who had left the Cosatu congress in Midrand to go “prevent another Marikana” – promised to present their demands to the congress tomorrow.

Tweeted Vavi after the meeting: “Just concluded address at KDC West – listened to workers demands. NUM President is convening a special NUM NEC tonight to respond.”

Earlier, workers reportedly chased away NUM president Senzeni Zokwana.

“uVusi uyasidelela, sizombulala (NUM branch chairperson Vusi Sosibo is disrespecting us, we’ll kill him),” workers sang.

To threats of dismissal by the company, the workers responded in song: “Kudala sisebenz’eGold Fields, hayi asinandaba (We don’t care, we’ve been working at Gold Fields for too long)”.

The workers’ representatives met their bosses at the Chamber of Mines today.

One of their leaders likened the meeting to Parliament but insisted that Gold Fields chief executive Nick Holland inform their immediate boss in Carletonville, Koos Barnard, of the company’s response to their demands.

Barnard is the senior vice president of the Gold Fields’ Driefontein, Carletonville, complex.

Gold Fields, the world’s fourth-largest gold producer, paid Holland about R33 million last year.

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