Amcu enters the fray at Harmony Gold sit-in, miners resurface

About 1,700 miners spent two nights underground demanding that Harmony Gold make good on its promise to pay them bonuses.

Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine. Picture: Harmony Gold.

JOHANNESBURG – The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) says all workers who had staged a sit-in at Harmony Gold’s Kusasalethu mine near Carltonville have ended their strike following talks with management.

About 1,700 miners spent two nights underground demanding that Harmony Gold make good on its promise to pay them bonuses.

Amcu says while it did not organise the sit-in, management should take responsibility for the strike.

The union’s Joseph Mathunjwa has confirmed that the mineworkers resurfaced in the early hours of Friday morning.

Mathunjwa says the workers' dispute is linked to special bonuses that Harmony Gold promised to them last year.

“It’s the management who committed to its employees to pay the bonus as they return back from holidays, and subsequent to that the management issued a brief saying that no bonuses will be paid, which triggered the sit-in underground.”

He says the mine has now made several commitments in writing.

Early on Thursday, Harmony Gold said 18 workers had to be brought to the surface after they fell ill
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Their conditions are not known at this stage.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)