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No incidents during Gold Fields strikes

2012-10-05 14:23

Johannesburg - It was quiet during a strike at Gold Fields mines on Friday, the company said.

"No incident has been reported, it is quiet," said spokesperson Sven Lunsche.

He said some workers had handed over their sticks and knobkerries since the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) asked them on Wednesday to do so, as these are seen as a threat to peace.

"At the time the union addressed the workers most of them had already left, but those who were there had handed over their weapons and returned to the hostels."

There was a verbal undertaking that the miners could return to the hostels if they "disarm".

"It is a good step. We have been successful in that [disarming]."

Workers at Gold Fields have been on strike for 20 days and are demanding a monthly pay of R12 500 after deductions.

Comments
  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-05 15:31

    I for one am very pleased to hear this. You don't negotiate with weapons in a free country.

      typersa.baddy - 2012-10-05 16:41

      These guys should maybe go and read here and be thankful they still have an income.. Bloody useless idiots!!! http://ewn.co.za/2012/10/05/Amplats-fires-12000-striking-miners

  • Willie - 2012-10-05 15:35

    Rules need to be followed you cannot have it both ways.If the labour laws do not work,then lobby the goverment to amend the law. For now for me Golg Fields is right

  • Emmanuel Kofi Appiah - 2013-04-07 00:01

    the gentle strike is on going in Goldfield tarkwa

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