South Deep: Saving jobs and securing the future
|The cost of the South Deep strike|
HOW DID WE GET HERE
Gold Fields has a plan which will allow us to stabilise South Deep, and to save 3,500 jobs. If we do not implement the plan, South Deep will continue to lose money and the future of the mine will be at risk.
WE NEED TO REDUCE COSTS
Reduce mining areas
Lower overhead costs
Use fewer machines more productively
Fewer people are needed to work at the mine. We followed the Section 189 consultation process as per the Labour Relations Act and retrenched around 1100 employees and 400 contractors.
IMPACTS AND ENGAGEMENTS
The retrenchments have impacted around 1,500 people. However, these steps are intended to protect around 3,500 jobs which will remain.
SUPPORT FOR EMPLOYEES
Retrenched employees have received the following support:
SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITIES
Gold Fields remains committed to our communities – we will continue to invest in our social programmes and projects.
THE STRIKE – LATEST UPDATES AND INFORMATION
The NUM is currently on strike at Gold Fields South Deep Mine. Gold Fields respects the right of employees to strike. However, every day that the strike continues and the mine does not operate, South Deep loses significant amounts of money.
EMPLOYEE COMMUNICATIONS15 November 2018 - Latest update – Safety situation at the mine [PDF - 3MB] 13 November 2018 – Further violence by the NUM [PDF - 3MB] 8 November 2018 – ‘No Work, No Pay’ principle [PDF - 3MB]
MEDIA RELEASES6 November 2018 – NUM strike violence at South Deep mine 4 November 2018 – Update on NUM strike action at South Deep mine 1 November 2018 – NUM gives strike notice at South Deep mine 14 August 2018 – South Deep Restructuring and Trading Statement
DOCUMENT CENTRE22 October 2018 – South Deep restructuring Frequently Asked Questions [PDF - 663KB] 4 October 2018 – South Deep restructuring Frequently Asked Questions [PDF - 761KB]