Johannesburg - Sacked Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS] miners on
Monday refused to accept their dismissals for embarking on a wildcat strike.
"We used the Bleskop Stadium on Saturday, a day after
the mine fired us. If we were fired they could not have allowed us to use their
property," said Gaddhafi Mdoda, one of the strike leaders.
"The dismissal does not threaten us. If the mine is
going to dismiss us, no one is going to work at the mine."
He said despite being fired they regarded themselves as
employees of Amplats and workers would gather at the Bleskop Stadium again on
"We are going to Bleskop, we are still employees of the
mine," he said.
He said they would not appeal their dismissals, but continue
with the strike until their demand was met.
Amplats fired 12 000 workers on Friday after they failed to
attend disciplinary hearings. Workers went on a wildcat strike on September 12,
demanding a monthly salary of R16 000 and allowances.
On Thursday night one of the workers was killed at Nkaneng
informal settlement near Photsaneng.
The police fired teargas and rubber bullets to disperse
them, and later a man identified as Mtshunquleni Qakamba, 48, was found dead.
"We are going to lay a charge of murder against the
police for killing one of our comrades," Mdoda said.
He said the case would be opened at the Rustenburg police
station on Monday.
The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) in North West has
appealed to the workers to suspend their strike.
"We are calling on all workers who are on (an)
unprotected strike to reconsider to suspend the strike to allow the
negotiations to start and allow the federation to lead their demand for proper
disputes and take a protected action which will not dismiss anyone," said
provincial secretary Solly Phetoe.
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