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DRDGold strike over

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DRDGold strike
is over
 
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 13 October 2009 – DRDGold Limited “’ South Africa’s fourth biggest gold producer “’ has announced that a wage-related strike by some 3 900 employees in the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) recognition unit at the Blyvooruitzicht Gold Mining Limited operation is over.
 
A company statement released here said that the NUM had signed a wage agreement with the company, and the strikers, who had been on strike since 15 September, had returned to work at the start of the night shift on Sunday night.

The agreement provides for an 8% across-the-board basic wage increase. The union rejected the company’s offer of a gold profit sharing scheme, in terms of which employees could have earned up to an additional 7%.

At DRDGold’s East Rand Proprietary Mines Limited (ERPM) operation, where underground mining has been discontinued, the NUM accepted a 4% across-the-board basic wage increase and the gold profit sharing scheme the week before last. At the Crown Gold Recoveries Limited (Crown) operation, the union accepted an 8% across-the-board increase and the gold profit sharing scheme on Wednesday last week, and 500 striking Crown employees returned to work on Thursday.

DRDGold’s estimated daily gold production loss due to the strike action was some 320 ounces, almost entirely from Blyvoor’s deep-level underground mining operation.

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