Johannesburg, South Africa — 05 April 2013 – South Africa’s number two gold producer Gold Fields Limited has revealed that it has been forced to shut down its operations in Ghana following industrial action by its employees in that country.
The company’s employees at its Tarkwa and Damang mines in Ghana, in which Gold Fields has a 90% interest, embarked on illegal industrial action which has led to production at both mines being stopped, reports Miningne.ws.
This follows after the Ghana Mineworkers Union (GMU) and its affiliates, the Professional Managerial Staff Union and the Branch Union, presented management at both mines with a number of demands on 02 April 2013, and threatened industrial action should the company not respond favourably to the demands within 24 hours.
The company advised that demands related to a dispute in the determination of profit share payments to employees; the unconditional reinstatement of an employee who was dismissed following an internal disciplinary procedure; dissatisfaction with certain management structures; the removal of certain members of senior management; concerns about catering delivery models; and allegations of discrimination between expatriate and Ghanaian employees.
Gold Fields said it was analysing and investigating the demands as a matter of urgency. The company also appealed to all employees to maintain law and order while this process was underway, as the safety and security of all employees was of primary importance.
The company holds the view that the industrial action is illegal and unprotected, which could expose participating workers to the no-work, no-pay rule, as well as possible dismissal.
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