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Harmony Gold negotiations to continue

Harmony Gold has committed itself to negotiations with its workers in 2013.

Harmony Gold has committed itself to negotiations with its workers in 2013.

JOHANNESBURG - Management at Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu Mine in Carltonville on Friday said further negotiations were required to prevent another unprotected strike after an almost three day sit-in at its mineshaft came to an end.

Workers, led by representatives from the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), are demanding the reinstatement of almost 600 employees, who were suspended for taking part in an unprotected strike, last week.

The group of 1,700 workers returned to the surface late Friday.

The company said negotiations would continue above ground in the New Year.

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

The mining industry has been in the spotlight recently following industrial actions.

In August, 34 miners were shot dead in Marikana during battles with police while taking part in a strike.

The miners were demanding a salary of R12,500.