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numBusiness Report writes that the regional leadership of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Sunday that it wanted an end to the four-week strike at Gold Fields’ South Deep mine.  

Ndlela Radebe, regional chairperson of the PWV region, said the leadership had written to the branch for an end to the crippling strike.  Radebe also indicated that the union wanted an extension of the company’s offer aimed to end the strike, which expired on Friday.  The gold producer said on Sunday that it would consider an extension.  The NUM on Friday refused to end its four-week strike at the mine in Carletonville, rejecting the company’s last-ditch effort to end the industrial action.  The offer, which included an increase in severance payments and enhanced portable skills training opportunities for retrenched employees, ended on Friday.  Gold Fields CE Nick Holland said that the company was disappointed that the union had dug in its heels despite the proposed settlement offer having been jointly developed by the company and union leadership.  The mine has been closed since NUM downed tools on 2 November to oppose the retrenchments of 1,500 employees, including contractors.  According to the company, it has received overwhelming responses from employees not supporting the strike and wanting to return to work.

  • Read the full original report in this regard by Dineo Faku at Business Report


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