Harmony Gold Says Illegal Strike Has Ended at Kusasalethu MineBy
Labor action over after company holds talks with AMCU union
Operations will return to normal, Harmony CEO Steenkamp says
Harmony Gold Mining Co. Ltd. said an illegal strike ended at its Kusasalethu mine, the company’s second-biggest, after it held talks with the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union.
“I am pleased that the matter has been resolved and that operations at Kusasalethu will return to normality,” Harmony Chief Executive Officer Peter Steenkamp said in a statement. “The parties demonstrated that they are willing and able to put their differences aside.”
The strike that started Thursday halted output at the mine, which represents about 13 percent of the company’s total production. Workers stayed away after local AMCU leaders were suspended for encouraging a so-called go-slow without following proper procedures for industrial action, Harmony said in an earlier statement.
AMCU President Joseph Mathunjwa said on Friday that the union was not responsible for the strike. Kusasalethu has suffered from a series of incidents that impaired production, including illegal mining activities and fires, and Harmony said in August it planned to stop mining at the operation in five years.