Johannesburg, South Africa — 07 December 2012 – Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) has revealed that 178 employees at its Mooiplaats coal mine who have been engaged in an unprotected strike since Monday, were dismissed with immediate effect yesterday.

The dismissed employees, who constitute 48% of the mine’s total workforce, are affiliated to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and are part of the wages collective bargaining unit. They have been given one week to appeal against their dismissal.

The strikers were protesting against the suspension of four of their colleagues who breached picketing rules and terms of a court interdict during a protected strike at the mine in October, and were demanding that the suspensions be lifted.
 
The mine’s remaining 190 employees were due to return to work today to resume operation of two of its five underground sections, the processing plant and administrative functions.

Source: Coal of Africa Limited. For more information, click here.