NUM to step up strikes at Aurora mines

THE National Union of Mineworkers yesterday said it would intensify strike action at two of Aurora Empowerment System's mines and would "press the liquidators to move on" and bring more competent companies on board.

THE National Union of Mineworkers yesterday said it would intensify strike action at two of Aurora Empowerment System's mines and would "press the liquidators to move on" and bring more competent companies on board.

Aurora took over several mines from liquidated Pamodzi Gold late last year but with several reports of the company having run into financial problems and its primary backer pulling out, the provisional liquidators have threatened to take the mines back.

The union's call comes after Aurora's latest proposal to NUM suggesting that its Orkney workers return to work and will only be paid in 10 days' time.

Orkney mineworkers this week joined their colleagues at Grootvlei and downed tools after Aurora did not pay their salaries for February and March. - I-Net Bridge and Sapa

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