Gold workers to down tools tonight


SABRINA DEAN – The National union of Mineworkers says it expects some 80 000 gold sector workers to down tools from tonight.
Spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka says the strike will kick-off at the start of today’s nightshift. NUM last week rejected the employer’s offer of six and 6,5%. “This offer is not helpful at all because it is equivalent to R300,” he says.
Seshoka says they are demanding an increase of at least R2300 for surface workers and R3000 for underground workers. He says they will strike until Christmas if necessary to ensure their demands are met.
The strike is expected to cost the gold sector millions of per day due to loss in productivity. This strike comes in the midst of ongoing strikes in the construction and vehicle manufacturing sectors, as well as a strike by Satawu affiliated technical workers at SAA.