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numANA reports that the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Friday expressed concern that workers at the Gupta-owned Optimum and Koornfontein coal mines had not yet been paid for March.  

The union said in a statement:  “In meetings held between the Business Rescue Practitioner (BRP) and the NUM, BRP committed himself to pay the workers by the end of the month.  It is yet another false promise.  The BRP had meetings with both the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and Parliament Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and promised that workers will be paid.”  The union went on to call on the BRP to fulfill fully the promises he had made and to make sure that all the employees were paid their salaries.  Workers at the mines went on strike in February when their salaries were not paid on time.  In February, various Gupta-owned businesses, including Optimum Coal, Optimum Coal Terminal and Koornfontein mines were placed under business rescue.

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