Sit-in shuts Har­mony mine

The Star Early Edition - - BUSINESS REPORT - – Manyane Manyane

HAR­MONY Gold Mine was forced to shut down oper­a­tions at its Kusasalethu mine yes­ter­day fol­low­ing an il­le­gal sit-in by 1 700 min­ers. The miner said the sit-in started on Wed­nes­day when em­ploy­ees chose not to re­turn to sur­face at the end of the morn­ing shift. Kusasalethu em­ploys about 4 500 work­ers.

Mariana van der Walt, a Har­mony spokes­woman, said no for­mal de­mands had been made. “Man­age­ment has sought to en­gage with union lead­er­ship with the pur­pose of re­solv­ing the mat­ter and re­turn­ing all em­ploy­ees to sur­face.” She said oper­a­tions would re­main closed un­til the mat­ter was re­solved.

The Na­tional Union of Minework­ers said it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether its mem­bers were also in­volved. Sol­i­dar­ity Union’s general sec­re­tary, Gideon du Plessis, ac­cused the As­so­ci­a­tion of Minework­ers and Con­struc­tion Union for stag­ing the sit-in. At­tempts to ob­tain com­ment from Amcu were un­suc­cess­ful. Har­mony shares rose 2.31per­cent yes­ter­day to R33.20.

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