Resources major Gold Fields has suspended nearly 15 000 employees for embarking on an unprotected strike from the start of the night shift at its KDC Gold Mine on the West Rand.
The strike continued into the morning shift today. Senior management at KDC are engaging with the striking employees, the various unions and other structures, with a view to finding a speedy and peaceful resolution to the unlawful strike.
“At this stage the reason for the strike remains unclear but we hope to gain clarity as soon as possible. The situation on the mine has been calm and peaceful since the start of the strike and we appeal to all stakeholders to continue to act with restraint and to engage in good faith. It is important that we restore normality in a peaceful manner and as soon as possible,” says Peter Turner, Executive Vice President and Head of Gold Fields' South Africa Region.
Gold Fields says it will apply for an urgent interdict to end the illegal strike.