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Carletonville underground sit-in ends

Carletonville miners who took part in an underground sit-in have now returned to the surface.

Carltonville miners who took part in an underground sit in have now returned to the surface.

JOHANNESBURG - The underground sit-in at Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu Mine in Carletonville is now over, with workers returning to the surface for the first time in almost three days.

Some 2,000 workers led by representatives from the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) are demanding the withdrawal of the suspension of almost 600 employees.

This after they took part in an unprotected strike last week.

The group has since returned to the surface.

Harmony Gold management says negotiations will continue in the New Year.

The company's Henrika Basterfield says, "The mine will close for the festive season and then the labour related discussions will resume in January."

The mining sector has been rocked by industrial action in recent months.

Workers from various mines have been demanding better salaries and improved living conditions.