The Tanzanian labor court has forwarded a wrongful dismissal claim from
about 700 ex-miners of Tanzania Bulyanhulu Gold Mine to the labor
commissioner, a union official told Dow Jones Newswires Tuesday.
Chagu said the workers are seeking compensation from Barrick Gold
Tanzania Ltd. owners of the mine over wrongful dismissal following a
strike in 2007.
Chagu, who was among the dismissed workers, said the labor
commissioner will determine how much the company will pay to the former
Barrick Tanzania Ltd. is a unit of Canada-based Barrick Gold Corp. (ABX), the world's leading gold producer.
"We shall be having a meeting with the labor commissioner on July
30 where we expect a final ruling," Chagu said by telephone from Dar Es
Salaam, Tanzania's commercial capital, adding that workers are seeking
up to $5 million from the company.
Workers at Bulyanhulu went on strike in July 2007 following a
breakdown of pay talks. The mine suspended output for several weeks
before firing all the 1,300 striking workers, accusing them of
illegally walking out.
The dismissed workers failed in a petition to the labor division of
the Tanzanian court before taking the case to the court of appeal,
which overturned the lower court's decision in March allowing the
former miners to seek compensation over their dismissal.
Teweli Teweli, a spokesman for Barrick Tanzania Ltd., said most of the dismissed workers were later rehired.
and politicians have accused Barrick Tanzania Ltd. of having poor labor
policies, a charge denied by the company, Tanzania's leading gold
-By Nicholas Bariyo, contributing to Dow Jones Newswires; +256 75 262 4615; firstname.lastname@example.org