Approximately 12,000 employees at Gold Fields’ KDC East mine embarked on an illegal strike on Wednesday night, the gold miner announced on Friday.
In an emailed statement, the gold miner said, to date, two night shifts and two day shifts (including Friday) have been lost.
The KDC East operations, which was formerly known as the Kloof mine, produces 1660 ounces of gold per day, according to Gold Fields spokesman, Sven Lunche.
Asked if there was any relationship between this strike and the continued unrest in the platinum sector, Lunche told Mineweb, that there was no evidence of involvement by the AMCU union that has been at the centre of much of the unrest in the platinum belt. Rather, Lunche said, “The strike stems from an intra-NUM (National Union of Mineworkers) branch dispute.”
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HERE IS MY TAKE:
They say that this has nothing to do with the 34 miners killed at the Lonmin’s Marikana mine… but I think it certainly does. Can you imagine 12,000 workers at a mine. There is nothing like that anywhere else in the world. The gold mines in Nevada have a few hundred or others in the world a few thousand… but 12,000 workers?
The world is getting ready to realize what the term NATIONALIZATION is.