Striking miners slam Num

About 3,000 men gather outside the Goldfields' KDC gold mine in Westonaria to hear Former African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema address them over labour disputes on 3 September, 2012. Picture: Govan Whittles/Eyewitness News
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JOHANNESBURG - Striking miners at Gold Fields’ Driefontein operation on Monday slammed the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) for failing to improve their working conditions.

Around 8,000 workers marched to the mine’s offices to deliver a memorandum highlighting their demand of a R12,500 monthly salary.

After a protest at a stadium in Driefontein, the workers dispersed.

Striking miners said they will return on Tuesday to hear former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema address them.

Many of the employees are adamant they will not return to work until their demands are met.

Most of them are rock drill workers who say their salaries are not enough to cover their expenses.

Workers claim Num representatives failed to secure a better deal, despite promises.

Meanwhile, a mine belonging to Impala Platinum (Implats) in Rusternburg said workers belonging to both Num and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) suddenly demanded another 10 percent wage increase.

Management said a hike that was agreed on last year was brought forward to April.

But workers now want a second increase.

Implats spokesperson Bob Gilmour said, “We are trying to understand why this wage demand has been made at this point.”

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)