Kumba obtains court order against miners

Kumba Iron Ore obtained a Labour Court order against striking miners in the Northern Cape.

Striking Kumba employees are protesting outside the Sishen mine on 15 October 2012. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

NORTHERN CAPE - Kumba Iron Ore on Monday obtained a Labour Court order against striking employees at its Sishen Mine in the Northern Cape.

Some 300 employees went on a wildcat strike earlier in October, blocking access to the pit.

The number of striking workers has since dwindled, but they still have support from another group whose members have been protesting outside the mine's main gates.

Kumba approached the court to stop the industrial action.

This means those who blocked access to the mine pit for almost two weeks have to leave the premises immediately.

They also have to hand in equipment immediately.

Kumba also instituted disciplinary hearings against the striking miners.

Company spokesperson Yvonne Mfolo said, "What happens afterwards is a decision can be taken in [the striking workers'] absence."

Only a handful of people attended the hearing.

Those who chose not to defend themselves may face dismissal.