Concentrator at one
of Exxaro’s plants
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 13 June 2011 – A strike of about 7,000 workers over jobs cuts at diversified resources group Exxaro Resources Limited (Exxaro), which was due to start today, has been postponed.

Revealing this in a statement issued here, the National Union of Mineworkers said Exxaro, which mines for coal, zinc and mineral sands, had obtained a court interdict on Friday to prevent today’s work stoppage, but added that the union had vowed to pursue legal action to go ahead with the strike at a later date.

“This is a temporary victory for Exxarro. We are challenging the interdict and should we succeed, the company should expect no mercy from us,” said NUM spokesperson Khaya Blaai.

Last November Exxaro said that it might cut up to 300 jobs as it sought to improve productivity and reduce costs of services and operations.