8,500 striking gold miners sacked in South Africa
Posted on: 24 Oct 2012
Johannesburg: About 8500 striking miners at the KDC East mine in South Africa were fired by the Gold Fields company Tuesday, reported Xinhua citing local media.
Those gold miners were dismissed due to their ignoring an ultimatum to resume work, the South African Press Association quoted the Gold Fields company as saying.
The KDC East mine is located about 100 km west of Johannesburg.
The company spokesperson Sven Lunsche said those miners would have 24 hours to appeal their dismissals.
The miners at the KDC East mine had been on strike since Oct 14, demanding the improvement of their working condition and rise of their monthly salaries.
Gold Fields is the world's fourth largest gold producer, with the annualized production of 3.5 million gold equivalent ounces from eight operating mines in South Africa and some other countries.