Harmony Gold miners hold sit-in

The mine said the workers have a number of demands.
JOHANNESBURG - More than 1, 500 workers at Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu Mine near Carltonville were on Saturday confirmed to be holding a sit-in at the mine.

Harmony Gold said the workers have a number of demands, one of which are salary increases.

The mine's Marian van der Walt said they were monitoring the situation.

“This is part of Amcu (Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union), trying to secure its position for support at the shaft.

“The situation is currently being monitored and management is meeting with union.”

Meanwhile, the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) said on Saturday it will continue to find ways to fight for better wages in the mining sector.

The organisation was expected to hold a rally at the Bokoni Mine in Limpopo but the police prevented the group from gathering.

Employees at the mine have been on strike for at least two months. A wage agreement was however negotiated last week.

The organisations' Mametlwe Sebei said Saturday’s events show that government has no interest in mineworkers as a permit allowing them to gather was granted.

“It is the government that protects the interests of the capitalists and in this instance the mining interests.

“The whole point of this is to unite the struggle of the working class and the poor people.”

(Edited by Clare Matthes)