Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 15 April 2010 – The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it will intensify its strike action at two of Aurora Empowerment System’s mines and will press the liquidators to move on and bring more competent companies on board.
Aurora took over several mines from liquidated Pamodzi Gold late last year, but with several reports of the company having run into financial problems and its primary backer pulling out, the provisional liquidators have threatened to take the mines back.
Reuters reports that if they do, they will sell them to other bidders, and this is what the NUM is now calling for. The trade union’s call follows Aurora’s latest proposal to the NUM that its Orkney workers return to work and only be paid in ten days time.
Aurora Empowerment Systems “’ a broad-based black economic empowerment specialist investment company “’ sank deeper into trouble this week when mineworkers at its Orkney operations outside Klerksdorp said they were also downing tools until their March wages are paid.
“Our workers have made it clear that it is no pay, no work, and they are angry at what Aurora has done through its string of false promises,” said the NUM’s regional coordinator in Matlosana Maja Mphahlele. “We do not have an agreement that workers will be at work and our workers will not be at work any time soon,” he added.
Orkney is the second mine where Aurora is facing difficulty, with workers at the company’s Grootvlei mine on the East Rand having downed tools more than two weeks ago due to unpaid wages.
“The workers at Aurora’s Grootvlei mine have not as yet received their wages which the company promised on Monday afternoon, as well as in an agreement signed last Thursday,” said NUM Grootvlei chairperson Frasy Namanyana.