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 COMMUNICATIONS11 December 2018 - NUM calls off strike [PDF -3MB] 05 December 2018 - Further court interdicts against NUM Branch [PDF - 3MB] 04 December 2018 - Violence at NUM meeting [PDF - 3MB]
MEDIA RELEASES27 November 2018 – Gold Fields responds to the statement by the DMR 22 November 2018 – NUM strike at South Deep continues into third week
DOCUMENT CENTRE05 December 2018 - What has the Company done to help me get back to work [PDF - 220KB] 05 December 2018 - Contempt of court order [PDF - 410KB] 03 November 2018 - Court interdict - NUM branch [PDF - 640KB]