The workers had embarked on an illegal and unprotected strike following the company’s attempts to combat illegal mining, which was threatening Cooke’s sustainability.
NUM said it was “outraged” and “highly shocked” by the dismissal, noting that its members were allegedly coerced and intimidated into participating in the illegal strike.
Wellsted noted that the mine was still closed, but that the situation was calm. Since the implementation of its anti-illegal miner programme, which included banning workers from taking food underground, 234 illegal miners have surfaced.
Hed added that around 15 kg had been lost in production since the strike started, totalling to around 120 kg.
Source: Mining Weekly