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Miners continue strike despite threats

2012-09-24 22:31

Johannesburg - Workers at several Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS] mines have decided to continue their strike, despite management threats to dismiss all those who didn't show up to work by Monday evening.

"There is no one going back to work, guaranteed 105%, there is no one going to work the night shift today," worker representative Siphamandla Makhanya told local radio after a short meeting with miners on Monday.

Amplats, the world's top platinum producer, resumed operations last week at the five mines in the Rustenburg platinum belt that it had earlier shut down over safety concerns.

The company first threatened the miners with dismissal if they missed work on September 19, before pushing back the date a few more times, with the latest set for Monday evening.

Amplats considers the strike illegal.

"We have given people until the night shift, and the night shift has not started yet. We can check tomorrow," Amplats spokesperson Mpumi Sithole said earlier in the day.

The strikers, who hope to meet with management on Tuesday, are pushing for at least the 11-22% raises that Lonmin miners at the nearby Marikana mine received after a deadly strike that left 46 dead.


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Comments
  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-09-24 23:01

    Stand by your word and fire the lot.There is people that want to work out there.Just fire the lot.

  • mxolisi.nala - 2012-09-24 23:10

    asijiki, push hard comrades. exploitation should end, whether there are many people who are entitled to a job that doesn't mean the FAT CAT mine bosses should treat their workers like cabbage. amandlaaaa!!!

      rodney.green.9406 - 2012-09-24 23:30

      The workers must stop exploiting management and they should stop treating the management like garbage.

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-09-25 00:43

      Mine workers in Zimbabwe earns a fraction of mineworkers in SA. Furthermore the mineworkers are amoungst the top 25% of monthly earnings amoungst the working age population. Now for people without much in the form of education that is not bad.

      ephraim.mabunda - 2012-09-25 07:14

      lets them strke until they get 22%

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-09-24 23:23

    Fire them....there are more outside the gate that want to work.....

  • basil.jacobs1 - 2012-09-24 23:28

    You see folks we are in the first stage of Anarchy as it has become rule by the masses. Even the official Workers Unions have lost control. Marikana was the turning point. Let's see what President Jacob Zuma can do about the situation developing in South Africa.

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-09-25 08:06

      What? Zipper Zoomer doing something? Rather ironic that he is in New York spouting off about the rule of law.

  • Cameron - 2012-09-24 23:45

    Fire them! They should be grateful they have jobs!

  • rodney.overes - 2012-09-25 01:03

    And AGAIN NEWS 24 mention the 46 people that got killed, of witch 14 were innocent workers, security guards and police men. 32 illegal striking miners witch were stupid enough to attack the police force and then got shot, BUT NO MENTION OF THE 43 people that got MURDERED IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY.

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-09-25 05:14

    Fire them!

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-09-25 06:46

    When will the mines learn? fire half the staff and the other half will strike to get them back, and there you are, back to square one. just give them a fair offer and end the strike.

      kumbulani - 2012-09-25 07:00

      Well said. They will never learn my friend. Its all about greediness sometimes.

      Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-09-25 07:37

      Kumbulani - true. I do not condone the way they went about trying to get higher income, but i do think they deserve more than they are getting.

  • kumbulani - 2012-09-25 06:47

    Changing the dates shows uncertainty within their rights. If the strike is illegal then why beg them. This fire and hire doesnt work when everythng is in order. Give them the increase they deserve. Biggest problem is mst companies want to maintain their profit margins regardless of economic shifts

  • JamesMWood - 2012-09-25 07:16

    I would love to see just one mine close, then we'll hear ol'pravin worried about invester confidence as they all pull out of the mining sector, result, more mines closing and an influx of unemployable layabouts.

      lvmashamba - 2012-09-25 07:35

      U ar riskin ur life guys u deserve de money shareholders are makin a lot of money with u do nt rest until u get wat u deseve management is very greedy

      JamesMWood - 2012-09-25 09:37

      Wow, really, managment is greedy hey. Management has targets they have to reach or answer to shareholders re failure to obtain desirable results. Do the miners have those responsibilitiesn do they even understand that kind of pressure. Ask any of them, they want a job and salary, they don't want work or a career, just something where they don't need to achieve targets and have accountability. Not one of those miners would go for a perfomance based package simply because they don't want to or know how to perform.

  • John - 2012-09-25 07:42

    SA needs a Maggie Thatcher to put her foot down and say: This far and no further! I am all for fair wages but the lowly skilled have now passed the point of reason. People with REAL qualifications don't get anywhere near that when they start work. It takes time, experience and commitment to move up in the world.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-09-25 08:03

    Let's see which Mining House actually has balls and fire the whole lot. Oh and don't forget to throw them out of the shacks that the mines provide for them as well, and all the other benefits. When they have nothing they will then realize that the world owes them nothing and they have taken the system for granted.

  • Gabi Teren - 2012-09-25 08:24

    John: My thoughts and sentiment exactly. Maggie Thatcher would sort this lot out. Thank you for finally showing that there are some sensible commentators here. (p.s. are you single? ;))

  • linda.nashbartlett - 2012-09-25 08:30

    the way these people are carrying on, all the mines will close and there will be thousands and thousands without jobs! Are they so stupid that they cant see this.

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