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Gold Fields suspends South Deep on strike

Gold Fields (JSE:GFI) has suspended production at its South Deep mine in South Africa's Witwatersrand Basin after the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) called a strike Friday afternoon to protest retrenchments.

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Industrial action has started at Gold Fields' South Deep mine, hindering production

The industrial action was called to protest against the retrenchment of about 1,100 members of staff and the reduction of contractors to 420 people, with retrenchment letters sent out October 31.

A Gold Fields spokesperson told Mining Journal the mine had not been closed, but no production had been achieved since Friday afternoon, as a group of 150-200 NUM members were illegally blocking access to the mine, intimidatin...