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GoldOneTimesLIVE reports that Gold One is moving with speed on the disciplinary hearings of employees suspended for allegedly holding co-workers hostage underground.

The company last week placed 34 workers on suspension on charges relating to “participating in the sit-in underground which turned into a hostage situation, as well as picketing on surface, which was against a company instruction for all employees not to come to work during those days, as well as a violation of two court orders preventing any strike action”. Gold One legal head Ziyaad Hassam said the disciplinary proceedings were expected to commence early this week. “All hearings are planned to be individually conducted, with external chairpersons overseeing proceedings, where necessary,” he indicated. The workers are on the firing line after more than 550 employees spent three days underground. After resurfacing, some of the workers said they were held against their will while others said it was a voluntary sit-in protest action against the company’s failure to recognise the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu). Hassam said the company was continuing with its internal investigation and he expected the number of workers being disciplined to rise. No criminal charges have been pressed against implicated workers.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mpho Sibanyoni at TimesLIVE

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