Johannesburg - Five Amcu members were beaten up, allegedly by striking NUM members, at Gold Fields' Beatrix mine, near Welkom, on Thursday.
“Our members were attacked by members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in the morning, they have been taken to hospital,” said Association of Mining and Contruction Workers (Amcu) secretary Jeff Mphahlele.
“Our members are not on a strike. We are still negotiating. We expect our members to report for duty without being intimidated.”
The NUM called a strike on the gold mines after its wage talks with producers deadlocked.
The union is demanding R7 000 a month for surface workers and R8 000 a month for underground workers.
NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said it would take disciplinary action against any of its members found to have been involved in the attack.
“We have called the police in the area and there was no confirmation of the incident,” he said.
He said the NUM was still consulting its members about the latest offer from the Chamber of Mines.
“The strike committee have taken the revised offer to the workers and will be addressing them,” he said.
“I'm unable to say if it is close or far to what we demanded. The strike committee meeting is underway to evaluate it and decide if we take it to the members or reject it outright.”
Gold producers' spokeswoman Charmane Russell said a revised offer had been made to the union, but would not say what the changes were.
“At this stage, I cannot say which aspects of the offer were revised..., but discussions are at a delicate stage,” she said.
Seshoka said the revision was indicative that talks between the union and employers were taking place in good faith. - Sapa