Johannesburg - Representatives of 12 000 fired Anglo
Platinum [JSE:AMS] (Amplats) workers will meet with unions on Monday to discuss
a reinstatement offer, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said.
"I am not aware if the workers have gone back to work,
but what I do know is that there is a meeting between worker representatives
and unions," NUM spokesperson Lesiba Seshoka said.
"We will meet with them, but it is entirely up to them
to decide if they want to take the offer."
On Friday, the workers had not accepted an offer to
Amplats spokesperson Mpumi Sithole said the company would
provide an update on the situation on Monday "when appropriate". She
said the company's statement from Thursday was still valid.
Amplats said in that statement: "The offer was strictly
subject to all striking employees returning to work and doing actual work
activities by no later than Tuesday, 30 October 2012. This offer, which has not
yet been accepted by employees, is still open."
The company offered a once-off R2 000 "hardship
allowance" to help workers in financial difficulties due to the no-work,
Two weeks ago, the platinum producer said it met with unions
to facilitate the return of the 12 000 dismissed workers, and those who were on
an illegal strike at its Union and Amandelbult mines.
Amplats fired the 12 000 after they failed to appear for a
disciplinary hearing. They had been on a wildcat strike since September 12,
demanding a minimum wage of R16 000 a month.
The Amplats offer was made in consultation with NUM, Uasa,
the National Union of Metalworkers of SA, Solidarity, and a strikers'
The New Age reported on Monday that strikers forced four
workers at the Amandelbult mine to strip naked, to punish them for reporting
for work. A picture in the paper showed three men over the age of 50, and a
woman in her 30s, standing naked in front of a crowd of striking workers.