Kusasalethu wild­cat strike over

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

HAR­MONY Gold said yes­ter­day that em­ploy­ees at its Kusasalethu mine near Car­letonville had re­turned to work af­ter two days of un­pro­tected in­dus­trial ac­tion. The wild­cat strike by work­ers started on Fri­day in re­sponse to the dis­missal of six em­ploy­ees, all mem­bers of As­so­ci­a­tion of Minework­ers and Con­struc­tion Union branch lead­er­ship at the mine. Har­mony Gold said the dis­missals fol­lowed an ex­ten­sive and lengthy dis­ci­plinary process fol­lowed by man­age­ment. Af­ter two days on strike, em­ploy­ees re­ported to work on Sun­day night for the night shift and day shift yes­ter­day morn­ing af­ter Har­mony ap­proached the Labour Court for an ur­gent in­ter­dict. “For Kusasalethu to be prof­itable, dis­ci­pline has to be re­stored and fo­cus needs to re­main on safety and pro­duc­tiv­ity,” Har­mony chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Steenkamp said. “We call on all unions’ lead­er­ship and em­ploy­ees to ac­cept this shared re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

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