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Sibanye dismisses 1,514 workers

Sibanye Gold confirmed that 1,514 workers had been dismissed at its Cooke operations, near Westonaria, for not returning to work.

The workers had embarked on an unlawful and unprotected strike over a week before following the company’s attempts to combat illegal mining. According to Sibanye spokesperson James Wellsted, 739 of the dismissed workers were members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the majority union at the mine. NUM said it was “outraged” and “highly shocked” by the dismissal, noting that its members were allegedly coerced and intimidated into participating in the illegal strike. Since the implementation of the gold producer’s anti-illegal miner programme, which included banning workers from taking food underground, 234 illegal miners have surfaced.

Source: SA Labour News



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