Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 29 March 2010 – The strike by mineworkers at Gold One International – a combination of South African gold development company Aflease Gold Limited and Australian gold exploration and development company BMA Gold Limited, listed on the ASX and JSE – moves into its second week today, after workers and management failed last week to agree on a pay rise.
Reuters reports from here that about 1 000 mineworkers at the company’s Modder East mine, some 30km east of Johannesburg, downed tools last Tuesday night in a wage protest.
“There have been wage negotiations at Gold One since last year, and the reason we are now on strike is because we are unable to reach a consensus on the issues,” said Lesiba Seshoka, spokesman for the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which is representing the workers.
Gold One spokesman Ilya Graulich said the strike had yet to affect output at the mine, which poured its first gold last July and has a production capacity of 70 000 tonnes a month. “At this point in time we haven’t lost any output. We had accumulated production underground that we have been putting through the mills,” he told Reuters.
Graulich said the company would resume talks with the workers this week to try to resolve the dispute.