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Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine in South Africa hit by wildcat strike
JOHANNESBURG, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Harmony Gold's
Kusasalethu mine west of Johannesburg has been hit by a wildcat
strike triggered by the sacking of six leaders of the AMCU union
for their role in a violent stoppage earlier this year, a
spokeswoman said on Monday.
Kusasalethu, which employs about 4,500 workers, has been a
flash point for labour violence and strikes in recent years,
threatening the viability of the mine and underlining the social
risks of mining in South Africa.
Spokeswoman Marian van der Walt said the strike began on
Friday and only a fraction of the workforce had shown up for
work on Monday.
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said in a statement
that four of its members at the mine had their houses and cars
torched on Saturday night and were being intimidated from
reporting for work - a pattern that has unfolded before.
"This intimidation against members of the NUM has been
happening for some time now and our members have reached a stage
where they cannot tolerate it anymore," NUM said. AMCU officials
could not immediately be reached for comment.
NUM and its arch-rival the Association of Mineworkers and
Construction Union (AMCU) have been waging an often violent turf
war for years that has seen dozens of miners killed.
Kusasalethu last year produced 141,000 ounces, about 13
percent of Harmony's total production of just over a million
(Reporting by Ed Stoddard, editing by Louise Heavens)
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