AngloGold operations halted due to strike

AngloGold Ashanti says it is waiting on striking miners to formally make their demands known.

Anglo miners demonstrate over wages. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Production at six AngloGold Ashanti mines were halted as miners joined a mass illegal protest.

Workers from the Kopanang mine in Carletonville downed tools last week Thursday and employees from the Vaal River region also joined in on the action on Tuesday.

The workers are asking for a salary of R12,500 a month, the same amount that workers from Lonmin's Marikana Mine were demanding during their six week strike.

AngloGold spokesperson Alan Fine said the company was trying to resolve the issue.

"We have not had any demands formally sent to us. We assume something will be conveyed to us in due course. The majority of workers have not reported for duty."

Gold Fields, the world's fourth largest bullion producer, on said Tuesday workers had reneged on a deal to end a two-week strike at its KDC West operation and miners at its Beatrix mine had also downed tools.

Top platinum producer Anglo American Platinum also has operations shut because of the labour strife.

Fuelled in part by glaring income disparities, illegal strikes erupted in the platinum sector in the form of a bloody turf war between the NUM and the more militant Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu).

The strikes have now spread to the gold sector but there is no evidence yet of Amcu involvement in the unrest.