KDC West miners return to work
Over 90% of miners have returned to work at Gold Fields' KDC West mine in Carletonville.
JOHANNESBURG - Gold Fields mine said on Sunday it was preparing to resume production at its KDC West mine near Carletonville after a majority of its workforce ended an illegal strike last week.
The workers were given an ultimatum to return to their posts or face immediate dismissal.
The mine's Sven Lunche said nearly 90 percent of the 11,000 workers who were on strike came back to work and 1500 were dismissed.
He said miners have to go for another training program before they can go underground.
However, Gold Fields spokesperson Willie Jacobs said 8,500 workers from its KDC East operations were still on strike.
Workers are demanding management increase basic salaries to R 12,500.
Jacobs said the board of directors has given workers until the end of Tuesday's night shift to clock in or face immediate dismissal.
He said 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 KDCWest mine ended 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.
On Friday, Gold Fields also confirmed that all miners at it's Beatrix mine in the Free State have returned to their posts.