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12,000 S.African gold miners on wildcat strike: Company

Published on Sep 1, 2012 7:07 AM
Striking mineworkers stand over the coffin of Mpuzeni Ngxande at the spot where 34 miners were shot dead near Lonmin's platinum Marikana mine Aug 31, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Around 12,000 workers have downed tools at a South African gold mine in a wildcat strike, their employer Gold Fields said on Friday.

"Employees of the East Section of the KDC Gold Mine on the West Rand (Johannesburg) in South Africa have been engaging in an unlawful and unprotected strike since the start of the night shift on Wednesday," the company said in a statement on its website.

"Based on informal feedback from employees, the strike appears to be related mainly to disagreements within organised labour and related structures on the mine, although we cannot confirm this" said the company's South Africa head Peter Turner.

The powerful National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said its members on the mine had a number of complaints.

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