Johannesburg, South Africa — 12 June 2012 – Gold One International has begun talks with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), following the dismissal of more than a thousand employees who took part in an illegal strike last week at the group’s Modder East mine.
Bloomberg News quotes a company statement released in Sydney as saying that as many as 1,035 workers have been dismissed out of a typical workforce of about 1,800 people at the mine, located 30km east of Johannesburg.
The statement adds that it has taken measures to ensure the mine remains profitable.
“Approximately 500 employees have been reporting for work and, together with the operation’s supervisors, they are conducting limited mining and milling operations,” read the statement. “Surface stockpile sources are also being processed.”
Modder East produced 123,179 ounces of gold in 2011.
The strike action by the Professional Transport Allied Workers Union was interdicted by the Labour Court on 4 June. The NUM is the recognised union at the mine.
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