Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 09 October 2009 – Some 500 mineworkers have resumed work at South African gold producer DRDGold’s Crown mine, while their colleagues at the company’s Blyvoor mine are also preparing to end a four-week long strike.
About 4 400 workers’ represented by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) went on strike on September 15 at the two mines. Company spokesman James Duncan confirmed that the striking workers at Crown had returned to work. “We settled at an 8% wage increase at Crown, and all the 500 striking workers are back,” he added.
Duncan said the plant had continued operating normally based on material supplied by contractors, and on workers represented by other unions that were not on strike.
He added that some 3 900 workers were still on strike at Blyvoor, but the NUM said an end to the dispute was in sight. It revealed that most of the Blyvoor workers had accepted an improved wage offer of an 8% increase and might soon return to work.
“The Blyvoor operation has accepted the offer and would soon finalise plans to return to work,” NUM said in a statement.” The workers had initially demanded a 10% wage raise.