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Gold Fields issues another ultimatum

Gold Fields mine have issued an ultimatum to workers to return to their posts or face axing.

Gold Fields mineworkers on strike. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gold Fields mine has issued another ultimatum to its striking employees, this time at its KDC east operations near Carletonville.

A total of 8,500 workers are on strike demanding higher wages.

On Friday, Gold Fields confirmed that 90 percent of its employees at the KDC west mine returned to work while all of the miners at their Beatrix mine in the Free State have returned to their posts.

The workers at the KDC east operations have been on strike for six days.

Gold Fields' Willie Jacobs says the board of directors has given workers until the end of Tuesday's night shift to clock in or face immediate dismissal.

He says the mine obtained a court interdict rendering the strike as unlawful.

The last ultimatum issued proved to be highly effective after majority of workers at the KDC west mine ending their strike.

But a miner there said the mood is still very tense.

"The workers are divided into two groups and that's dangerous because in the end we will be fighting each other."

A total of 1,500 miners who were dismissed have appealed their axing.

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