Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 23 November 2010 – Gold Fields Limited “’ Africa’s second-biggest gold producer “’ has resolved a nine-day strike by National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members at its South Deep mine over increasing the number of black managers at the company.
Both Gold Fields and the NUM have confirmed that production has been resumed.
NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said striking workers had got full value for the week’s unpaid work stoppage, arguing that significant progress had been made on issues that had been stalled for the past two years.
The union had demanded to have a say in procurement and tender processes, as well as the appointment of senior management, functions which Gold Fields said were the prerogative of management.
“They (Gold Fields) acceded and agreed to give us a say in the selection of employment at all levels,” said Seshoka. No timeframe or plan of action had been decided on as to how the union would be made part of the mine’s employee procurement systems. “But we will go back on strike should we at some point feel we’re not making any progress here,” said Seshoka.
Gold Fields spokesman Sven Lunchse said: “We’ve deliberately decided not to make known too many details on the agreement. In short, we’ve decided to make the union our partner in achieving the group’s transformation target, without compromising our right to appoint senior management members.”
Lunchse said the group would only declare production losses suffered during the strike when it reported for the quarter to end-December in early 2011.