Gold Fields, the South African mining company announced on Monday that the members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NMU) at its South Deep mine plan to go on a strike starting on Tuesday. The strike has been called due to a fight in the employee and management relations.
The statement that was given out by the company read that the dispute concerns failure to reach full agreement over NUM demands to participate in certain decision making processes that Gold Fields views primarily as a management prerogative.
The company also said that it was planning to seek an interdict against the strike. Gold Fields has made the necessary arrangement to mitigate the impact of the strike if it fails to get the interdict against the strike.
Gold Fields is one of the largest producers of gold in the world. The Johannesburg-based company had bought the South Deep mine in 2006. The mine is located 45 km away from Johanesburg in a southwest direction.