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Bid to end wildcat strikes underway

Trade unions are meeting with workers at two gold mines to present a proposal to end the strikes.

Goldfields miners gather at a stadium in Driefontein, demanding a wage hike. Picture: Theo Nkonki/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Trade unions are meeting with workers at two gold mines on Wednesday to present a proposal to end wildcat strikes.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) and Solidarity and the United Association of South Africa (Uasa) met with the Chamber of Mines on Tuesday to discuss the illegal strikes.

The delegation headed to Gold Fields and Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine on Wednesday.

Gold Fields said almost 20,000 of their employees are now on strike.

The mine said it is hopeful Wednesday's meeting between workers and unions will convince them to go back to work.

Gold Fields spokesperson Sven Lunsche said, "We are very confident and that an agreement will get the miners back to work."

Another delegation is also headed to Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu Mine in Carletonville where more than 5,000 workers are on strike.

Harmony Gold spokesperson Marian van der Walt said, "We have taken the chamber's proposal to the Kusasalethu workers."

Union leaders are expected to announce the outcome after they meet with workers.