Illegal Industrial Action By Contract Miners At CRM EndsJuly 11, 2009
Mr Ian Rozier, President and CEO of Eastern Platinum Limited ("Eastplats") is pleased to report that the illegal industrial action in the form of a 'sit-in' underground by some 500 employees of the mining contractors at Eastplats’ Crocodile River Mine ("CRM"), as reported on Friday 10th July, has ended.
The supervisory employees of the mining contractors, who were detained against their will, returned to surface at approximately 17:30 on Friday July 10th. The employees of the mining contractors involved in the illegal action voluntarily returned to surface at approximately 04:30 on Saturday July 11th following successful mediation between the parties involved, and have been transported home.
The illegal 'sit-in' by the employees of the mining contractors began on Thursday July 9th during the morning shift at CRM’s Zandfontein Section. Those involved are demanding to be employed directly by CRM and not by their respective mining contractor employers. CRM management has indicated that it remains committed to ongoing discussion on this issue through the appropriate channels provided under the terms of South Africa’s labour relations legislation.
CRM Management expects that normal operations at the Zandfontein section will be resumed at the start of the morning shift on Monday 13 July.
"Our primary focus has been to resolve this situation safely for everyone involved and we are very pleased that this has been achieved successfully. We would like to thank all those involved in achieving this safe outcome and trust that we can collectively move forward with negotiations in a spirit of good faith", stated Ian Rozier.
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