Johannesburg - Atlatsa confirmed on Friday afternoon that the unprotected industrial action at Bokoni Platinum Mines‚ which began on 1 October 2012‚ has come to an end‚ and that 90% of its workforce reported for work on Friday morning.
This follows the signing of an agreement between the company and its employees. According to this agreement‚ re-employed workers will receive a once-off payment of R2 000 and a R400 increase to their existing travel allowance.
The existing wage agreement at Bokoni‚ due to expire in July 2013‚ remains in place with no further amendments.
All employees are attending a safe start up programme to ensure safe working conditions at the mine operations. Employee inductions and safety inspections are currently underway. Production at Bokoni is expected to resume on Monday‚ 10 December 2012.
Alatsa said that certain individuals‚ who had engaged in criminal activity during the unprotected strike action‚ had been arrested and remained in police custody‚ faced with multiple criminal charges from the State.
The company expressed its gratitude to public officials‚ government agencies‚ community leaders‚ recognized labour unions as well as local businesses for their support in bringing the strike to an end.