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Harmony Gold Says Workers Returning to Kusasalethu Operations

AngloGold, Gold Fields Start Firing 20,000 After Strike Deadline
The deadlines at AngloGold and Gold Fields for workers to report for duty or appeal firings are set to expire before the signing tomorrow of an accord between gold producers represented by the Chamber of Mines and unions. gold. Photographer: Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images

Oct. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Harmony Gold Mining Co. said many workers returned to its Kusasalethu mine in South Africa as it started dismissal procedures against striking employees who failed to meet the 6 a.m. deadline for resuming their jobs.

“There’s a large percentage of workers returning,” spokeswoman Marian van der Walt said today in a phone interview. Dismissal procedures will begin for those not reporting, who have about 48 hours to appeal against the termination, she said.

The company issued the ultimatum to the strikers at Kusasalethu, near Carletonville, two days ago after they walked out on Oct. 2.

To contact the reporter on this story: Paul Burkhardt in Johannesburg at pburkhardt@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Viljoen at jviljoen@bloomberg.net

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