Strike Continues At Gold Fields KDC East Mine
JSE-listed Gold Fields CEO Nick Hollandhas called for bold leadership from all stakeholders as the illegal strike at its KDC East mine continued on Monday.
The 12 000-strong strike, which started with the night shift on August 29, had so far cost Gold Fields three night shifts and two day shifts. KDC East produces 1 660 oz a day.
Holland said Gold Fields had asked the Department of Mineral Resources and the national leadership of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) to assist in facilitating a solution. “The current situation calls for bold and exceptional leadership from all stakeholders.”
He added that the strike was receiving the “highest priority” and called on all stakeholders to continue to act with restraint.
Gold Fields South Africa executive VP Peter Turner explained the strike appeared to be the result of an internal dispute between the local branch leadership of the NUM and certain employee groupings within the NUM membership, who were demanding the resignation and replacement of local NUM branch office bearers.
“While we have the right to proceed with the implementation of the interdict, ourpreference at this stage is to assist the NUM leadership to resolve their internal conflict peacefully and in a manner that would not put at risk the employment and livelihoods of 12 000 people, who are our employees and their members,” he said.
Gold Fields denied NUM claims that the strike was linked to a mandatory funeral policy payment.