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Amplats miners won't return to work

2012-11-01 14:28

Johannesburg - Thousands of dismissed workers at Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS] (Amplats) operations in Rustenburg have still not accepted an offer to reinstate them, the company said on Thursday.

"The offer was strictly subject to all striking employees returning to work and doing actual work activities by no later than Tuesday, October 30 2012," Amplats said in a statement.

"This offer, which has not yet been accepted by employees, is still open."

Last week, the platinum producer said it met with unions to facilitate the return of the 12 000 dismissed workers and those who were on an illegal strike at its Union and Amandelbult mines.

The company also offered a once-off R2 000 "hardship allowance" to assist employees with financial difficulties as a result of the no-work, no-pay principle.

Amplats fired the 12 000 workers after they failed to appear for a disciplinary hearing.

They had been on a wildcat strike since September 12, demanding to be paid a minimum of R16 000 a month.

Amplats CEO Chris Griffith said: "We have been patiently appealing to our workers to get back to work so that the situation in Rustenburg and north of Pilanesburg can go back to normal.

"We are disappointed that the offer, which was made to employees to alleviate some of the hardship as a result of the no-work, no-pay principle, has not yet been accepted."

The company said it did not have sufficient staff for safe operations in the affected areas, and continued to carry out only essential services.

Amplats is losing on average 3 694 ounces of platinum production a day. To date 141 640 oz of production has been lost, it said.

Comments
  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-11-01 14:49

    SO FIRE THEM ALREADY!!!!

      uzziphathele.tshabalala - 2012-11-01 15:19

      Amplats need them for underground \r\nexperience!!!!!ha ha ha ha ha yoooooo!!!!!!

      alan.jerrold - 2012-11-01 16:14

      Yes, they need to learn how the real world works. Fire them. It is the only way these folk will ever learn. The hard way.

      peters.rapula - 2012-11-01 17:23

      des world is not for those who're educated or those who're rich only ,it's for us all.an even though u're rich or educated what remains is we're all human beings n we 're all equal in de name of God.

      heathway.master - 2012-11-01 17:33

      I love the new South Africa. The census says the majority population is expanding at a frightening rate. As time goes by, the minorities percentage of the population continuously decreases. The majority still demand the ever decreasing minority ratio, to supply them all with jobs. They sit on pavements, at kraals, under trees, waiting for these jobs to be created for them, by the people they label as oppressors, and destroyers of all African culture. The masses must start generating their own jobs. Where are the massive black industries and manufacturing factories, dam and PowerStation builders, construction companies, mining magnates who have started Greenfield mining operations etc etc etc. These are the black entrepreneurs who should be creating jobs for their own people, instead of demanding performance from the minorities. Bill Gates dropped out of school and started Microsoft in his garage. Anglo American was started by two penniless gold panners. Steve jobs, started Apple from a back room in his house. Nowhere else in the entire world, do the masses look to the minority to keep them employed, fed and housed. Masses, please smell the roses. White jobs are not to your liking (Continuous strikes) Let blacks go and create their own jobs then.

  • jason.rom.9 - 2012-11-01 15:05

    time to look for another mine to mine oh hold what this about hahahhaha bla bla bla!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-01 15:25

    Sadly how long can one go on not generating an income so do what you have to do ......

  • max.mokgejane - 2012-11-01 17:40

    THE COMPANY NEEDS TO NEGOTIATE THE DEAL WITH THE UNIONS AND WORKER'S REPRESENTATIVES,EVEN IF THEY CAN AGREE ON A SMALL AMOUNT OF INCREASE SO THAT THIS MINING UNREST RESTS,ITS BEEN TOO LONG NOW ITS LIKE THE COMPANY IS NOT LOSING PRODUCTION.

      arianna.jugmohan - 2012-11-01 19:19

      The striking workers have denounced the recognised unions. They have established a 'Strike Committee' but Anglo Platinum will not enter into discussions & agreements with unrecognised unions (or parties), as this will obviously set precedence. While there are demands for higher wages, the mines have also been caught up in the crossfire of union politics.

  • arianna.jugmohan - 2012-11-01 19:13

    I live in Amandelbult Village & the new methods of intimidation are just shocking!!! This week at Umlanje Stadium, a group of workers who reported for duty ( 4 of them women), were rounded up & in the midst of a 5 000 strong crowd, ordered to strip naked or else be killed!! Pictures of them naked were then taken & are being distributed as MMS messages. Also in circulation is an MMS photo of a man with his skull hacked open, apparently at Union Mine & pictures of a man in Rustenburg with his back severely hacked. These pictures have gone viral at the mines. This morning a bus transporting workers to the Angloplat Amandelbult Concentrator was stoned, causing the bus service Bojanela to withdraw it's services into the mine. Bojanela will now be dropping workers off in Northam, more than 20 kms away. This obviously increases the risk exposure to those individuals reporting for duty as until the mine is able to secure alternative transport for these workers, they will have to make their own way to their places of work. I guess if the police intervene with force, to address these incidents of intimidation & loss of human dignity, they will be criticised for " Apartheid-style force". Where do we go from here? Will there ever be an 'up' or even an 'out'?

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