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Amplats workers: R16 000 or bust

Sep 26 2012 16:20 Sapa

Striking Amplats workers earlier this month blocked access to shafts of the platinum giant. (AFP)

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Rustenburg - Striking Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS] (Amplats) workers have vowed to escalate their strike until their demand of a monthly salary of R16 000 is met.

"We have seven days to discuss the demands with the mine management," said Evans Ramokba, one of the workers' leaders.

"Ga re ye [we are not going]," workers shouted as they received a report back on a meeting their representatives held with mine management on Tuesday.

Ramokba said the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) had been given seven days to discuss the issues with management and would present their agreed solution next week.

"We are going there again on Tuesday, but our demand of R16 000 stands," he said.

Workers at Amplats' Rustenburg operations went on a wildcat strike two weeks ago.

Ramokba said their demand was not new to the company, as there were already people earning R16 000.

"We want the mine to pay us equally... that is why we demand the R16 000 before deductions."

"We are going to make sure that no wheel turns at the mine until your demands have been met," said worker spokesperson Mametlwe Sebei.

He said they intended to march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to present the workers' grievances to President Jacob Zuma.

"We are going to march and we will announce the date in due course," he said.

Workers dispersed peacefully after the meeting.

They had been bussed in from different shafts. Those from Jabula marched about 8km to Bleskop Stadium.

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