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December 2010 | Nick Martindale
African gold mining firm Gold Fields has agreed to allow a union representative
to sit on its tender committee as part of a deal that helped end a recent
Sven Lunsche, corporate affairs manager at the country’s second‑largest gold
producer, told SM that an official
from the National Union of Mineworkers would be able to witness procurement
agreed with the union that they can sit in and observe the process and ask
questions but they don’t have a decision on who we procure from and are not
allowed to vote,” he said.
to ensure there is complete transparency of the process and so they can
evaluate whether we are doing enough in terms of transforming our procurement
The mining company also agreed to establish a joint committee with the union
that would visit Westonaria - scene of the strike at its South Deep mine - and
draw up a list of potential black-owned small and medium-sized enterprises that
could supply indirect services such as food, printing and stationery.
union might have a better understanding of some of the smaller enterprises than
we do so we welcome that input,” said Lunsche. But he added that the company
would not compromise on the quality of goods or services.
strike by workers at South Deep mine in November lasted nine days before an
agreement was finally reached. The dispute also focused on the number of black
individuals appointed to senior management positions.