Striking Anglo miners ignore Vavi's plea

Striking Anglogold Ashanti workers ignored Zwelinzima Vavi urging them to return to work on Friday.

Anglo miners demonstrate, demanding better wages. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

KLERKSDORP - Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi received a hostile response from thousands of miners at Anglogold Ashanti in the North West on Friday.

Vavi urged the miners to return to work, after Cosatu received a report from negotiations between the National Union of Mineworkers (Num) and the Chamber of Mines.

In September, miners downed tools to embark on a wage strike.

They are demanding a basic salary of R16,000.

Workers in Klerksdorp started leaving the meeting while Vavi was trying to address them.

Vavi's pleas for workers to return to their posts, while Num continued negotiations with the Chamber of Mines, were rejected.

The miners also heckled their leaders, who were trying to give them feedback on a new wage offer.

The workers vowed to continue with their strike.

This is despite Anglogold's warning that striking miners will be fired if they do not return to work on Monday.

Vavi left Shaft 8 to address other workers at Shaft 1 nearby.

Miners at several large mining houses have been on strike over wages since the beginning of August, prompting fears the economy could contract as production of natural resources continues to drop.