Illegal mining
The illegal strike at JSE-listed Harmony Gold Mining Company’s (Harmony) operation is in response to the suspension of AMCU branch leadership. Image from Harmony Gold.
Harmony Gold employees have returned to work at Kusasalethu mine following an agreement reached with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union.
Harmony Gold’s deep level Kusasalethu operation. Image from Harmony Gold

After six days of on-going unprotected industrial action at the mine, the management of JSE-listed Harmony Gold and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) leadership have reached an agreement and all employees have reported to work as a result.

[quote]“We are relieved that Kusasalethu is back to normal. Unprotected industrial action affects the mine’s viability, its employees and their families.

“It is prudent that the Kusasalethu team now continues to produce safe, profitable ounces in line with its plan,” says Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp.

The illegal go slow was called in response to disciplinary procedures against 40 employees, following the illegal sit-in at the mine in January this year.

There were reports of intimidation of employees as was the case in the actions in January 2017.

In January around 1 700 employees participated in an illegal sit-in at the mine. The sit-in started on 11 January when employees chose not to return to surface at the end of the morning shift and ended 48 hours later.