Sibanye fires 1 500 wild­cat strik­ers

The Star Early Edition - - BUSINESS REPORT -

SIBANYE Gold has fired around 1 500 work­ers tak­ing part in a wild­cat strike at its Cooke mine, it said on Thurs­day, prompt­ing an an­gry re­ac­tion from the Na­tional Union of Minework­ers (NUM). Work­ers at the mine downed tools over a week ago, an­gered by a com­pany drive to root out il­le­gal min­ers which has in­cluded the ar­rest of em­ploy­ees for col­lu­sion and tak­ing food down to the il­le­gal min­ers work­ing un­der­ground. Il­le­gal gold min­ing has plagued South Africa for decades, and Sibanye has vowed it will clear all il­le­gal min­ers from its shafts by Jan­uary 2018. The Cooke mine em­ploys close to 4 000 un­der­ground min­ers and Sibanye said the sacked work­ers could ap­peal their dis­missals. NUM said ear­lier that nearly 2 000 min­ers were fired. Sibanye said 793 NUM mem­bers had been dis­missed.

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