VENTURES AFRICA – JSE-listed Harmony Gold on Wednesday said that until a deal had been reached between the company and the miners’ unions its Carletonville’s Kusasalethu mine would stay shut.
This came after Harmony met the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), Solidarity and Uasa on Tuesday.
“The mine remains closed until an agreement has been reached, and all the conditions of re-opening it have been agreed upon and committed to by all the unions and other stakeholders involved,” Harmony Gold CEO Graham Briggs told iAfrica.com.
They reportedly talked about the situation in terms of section 189 of the Labour Relations Act, which codifies the requirements for retrenchment.
Kusasalethu mine said the unions accepted its reasons for issuing the section 189 which could lead to the possible closure of the mine and retrenchment of all employees, according to iAfrica.com.
After safety and security concerns arose, Kusasalethu was closed on January 3rd, leaving about 500 miners without access to the hostel premises.
The company said though Harmony and the unions are to meet again next month, bilateral discussion between the parties would continue in the interim.
The company closed its operations at the end of December, but said it would continue to pay the basic salaries of workers.
The mine employs 5 193 workers and another 990 contractors and according to the company’s website about 5200 employees would be affected if the mine closed permanently.
The Kusasalethu mine where mined ore is treated, is on the border of the Gauteng and North West provinces. It comprises twin vertical and twin sub-vertical shaft systems.