Gold One Modder East Operation, already reeling from the dismissal of 400 workers due to their involvement in two hostage situations in 2023, now sees about 150 more jobs hanging in the balance. EWN reports that the troubled mine grappled with labour disputes, including alleged hostage situations instigated by supporters of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU). The disputes led to the termination of the closed-shop agreement with the rival union, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), making AMCU eligible to represent workers.
The fallout from the labour dispute resulted in 400 workers being dismissed for breaching the mine’s internal disciplinary processes and violating court interdicts against unauthorised strikes. Ziyaad Hassam, Gold One’s head of legal, revealed that some workers remain on suspension, with hearings for the 140 employees likely to occur within the next week.
Hassam emphasised that the mine is yet to conclude the process of recognising AMCU as one of its unions at the Springs operation. The closed-shop agreement with NUM terminated on December 14, prompting engagements with AMCU. The Commission will facilitate verifying membership forms submitted by AMCU for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA). The ongoing uncertainty further strains the workforce and operational stability at Gold One Modder East Operation.
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