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Amplats taking action against strikers

Sep 27 2012 13:34
Reuters & Sapa

Striking Amplats mineworkers. Picture: Lucky Nxumalo/City Press

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Johannesburg - The world’s top platinum producer, Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS], has started disciplinary action, including possible dismissal, against workers taking part in an illegal strike, the company said on Thursday.

It also said in a statement that attendance at its four Rustenburg mines remained below 20% despite company threats to initiate action against strikers.

On Wednesday Amplats CEO Chris Griffith said the company would not consider striking workers' wage demands.

"It will be irrational as it is outside any form of bargaining," he told reporters in Rustenburg.

"We urge our workers to return to work and use recognised structures to present their demands."

He said the mine had an agreement with the union, ending in June next year.

"We will be renegotiating wages in six months' time."

Workers should return to work on Thursday, or face disciplinary measures that might lead to dismissal.

"I am making a personal appeal for all striking employees to return to work immediately.

"If our employees do not heed this call, we will simply have no choice but to begin disciplinary action tomorrow (Thursday) against any employees who remain on strike, and that action could lead to dismissal."

Rustenburg labour activist and community representative Mametlwe Sebei struck a defiant tone, saying striking Amplats workers were not intimidated by the ultimatum.

"No amount of threats are going to move our workers from their demands," he told Reuters.

Workers at Amplats' Rustenburg operations went on a wildcat strike two weeks ago, demanding a R16 000 salary before deductions.

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