Wild­cat strike hits Har­mony

The Times (South Africa) - - Business -

● Har­mony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine west of Johannesburg has been hit by a wild­cat strike trig­gered by the sack­ing of six lead­ers of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Minework­ers and Con­struc­tion Union for their role in a vi­o­lent stop­page ear­lier this year.

Kusasalethu, which em­ploys about 4 500 work­ers, has been a flash­point for labour vi­o­lence and strikes in re­cent years, threat­en­ing the vi­a­bil­ity of the mine.

Har­mony spokesman Mar­ian van der Walt said the strike be­gan on Fri­day and only a frac­tion of the work­force had shown up for work on Mon­day.

The Na­tional Union of Minework­ers said four of its mem­bers at the mine had their houses and cars torched on Satur­day night and were be­ing in­tim­i­dated from re­port­ing for work — a pat­tern that has un­folded be­fore.

Amcu of­fi­cials could not im­me­di­ately be reached for com­ment.

NUM and its arch-ri­val Amcu have been wag­ing an of­ten vi­o­lent turf war for years that has seen dozens of min­ers killed.

Kusasalethu last year pro­duced 141 000 ounces, about 13% of Har­mony’s to­tal production of just over a mil­lion ounces.

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