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Vavi blames bosses for wildcat strikes

Oct 02 2012 12:37 Sapa

Thousands of Lonmin miners in Marikana turned violent to ensure that operations at the company’s mine shafts had stopped during their six ensure week-long strike demanding better wages. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/City Press

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Johannesburg - Employers are fully to blame for the wildcat strikes rocking the mining industry, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Tuesday.

"The people who must shoulder all the blame for these wildcat strikes are the mine bosses," he told media in Johannesburg.

He blamed Impala Platinum [JSE:IMP] bosses in particular for the strikes.

"Impala committed a grave error in offering an 18% increase to one category to the exclusion of the rest of workers."

He said this had raised expectations among workers.

"The collective bargaining system is currently under threat not because of the Num, but because the employers miscalculated," Vavi said.

Workers have been involved in wildcat strikes at Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS] (Amplats), AngloGold Ashanti [JSE:ANG] and Samancor Chrome Western Mine, among others.

National Union of Mineworkers (Num) general secretary Frans Baleni said five people had been killed on Sunday in the Rustenburg area.

"Two of those five were Impala employees," he said.

Baleni said the killings came after Amaplats threatened to dismiss workers who did not return to work on Tuesday to face a disciplinary hearing.

"In our evaluation, this is linked to industrial action," he said.

Police were not immediately available to confirm the killings.

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