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Possible strike at DRDGOLD

DRDGold’s Blyvoor
Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 15 September 2009 – South Africa’s fourth biggest gold producer, DRDGold Limited, says it has reached a wage settlement with the United Association of South Africa (UASA) union, but may face a strike over pay by members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

In a statement issued here, the company said it had agreed with UASA for members at its Blyvoor mine to receive a 6.5% wage hike, those at Crown a 6% increase and those at East Rand Proprietary Mines (ERPM) a 4% rise. The wage deal at Blyvoor would be backdated to July 1, while those at the Crown and ERPM operations would take effect from October.

The company went on to say that it might face a strike by members of the NUM “’South Africa’s biggest union “’ as of today.

“The NUM has been granted strike certificates in respect of the three operations, and strike action is scheduled to begin at the start of the night shift today,” said the company statement. The union rejected the company’s offers of between 4 and 7 % at the three operations.