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66 NUM miners end underground sit-in

Miners have been on an illegal strike since Tuesday, demanding a R250 bonus per blast.

FILE: NUM members marching. Picture: Twitter @_cosatu.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers says 66 of its members who have been staging a sit-in underground at the Gold One Mine's Modder East operations have now resurfaced.

Miners who work as rock drill operators have been on an illegal strike since Tuesday, demanding a R250 bonus per blast.

They were also demanding that management not take disciplinary action against them for their unprotected strike when they come out of the shaft

The NUM's Livhuwani Mammburu says their attempted meeting with management was unsuccessful, but there is a meeting request for Tuesday.

"A committee led by the branch committee went to plead with them to come up from underground, but they are still demanding the same R250 bonus per blast."