Amplats taking action against strikers

2012-09-27 13:34

Johannesburg - The world’s top platinum producer, Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS], has started disciplinary action, including possible dismissal, against workers taking part in an illegal strike, the company said on Thursday.

It also said in a statement that attendance at its four Rustenburg mines remained below 20% despite company threats to initiate action against strikers.

On Wednesday Amplats CEO Chris Griffith said the company would not consider striking workers' wage demands.

"It will be irrational as it is outside any form of bargaining," he told reporters in Rustenburg.

"We urge our workers to return to work and use recognised structures to present their demands."

He said the mine had an agreement with the union, ending in June next year.

"We will be renegotiating wages in six months' time."

Workers should return to work on Thursday, or face disciplinary measures that might lead to dismissal.

"I am making a personal appeal for all striking employees to return to work immediately.

"If our employees do not heed this call, we will simply have no choice but to begin disciplinary action tomorrow (Thursday) against any employees who remain on strike, and that action could lead to dismissal."

Rustenburg labour activist and community representative Mametlwe Sebei struck a defiant tone, saying striking Amplats workers were not intimidated by the ultimatum.

"No amount of threats are going to move our workers from their demands," he told Reuters.

Workers at Amplats' Rustenburg operations went on a wildcat strike two weeks ago, demanding a R16 000 salary before deductions.

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  • fussed.anderson - 2012-09-27 14:11

    Hunger will

      gary.desousa.7 - 2012-09-27 14:17

      Maybe they will go home or wherever and then get new people willing to work.

      liz.walker.104418 - 2012-09-27 15:01

      Well done, Chris Griffith and Amplats to follow proper procedure. Had Lonmin done the same, miners would have gone back to work. Instead, we have a state of anarchy at almost all our mines with insane wage demands. Jobs will be lost and our country's economy will suffer if these unsustainable salaries are paid.

  • Erna - 2012-09-27 14:18

    This is what Lonmin should have done!

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-27 14:44

    This is not very clever from the workers, how can you negotiate when you are fired?

      stefan.leroux.376 - 2012-09-27 18:17

      Hi. All let me tell you working on platinum mines is very hard. Check the safety standards they are killing people.The rustenburg community don,t get anything from this people

  • sisie.indola - 2012-09-27 14:48

    Yes...Yes...YES! Glad to see that some has balls.

  • sefohlelo - 2012-09-27 14:50

    Ku shubile! Let's see what happens next,hmmm...

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-27 14:53

    Problem is that mines threaten but never actually do!!!! Fire them immediately. The positions will be filled faster than the gates can open. lets see if Amplats actually has a pair!

  • sfuty - 2012-09-27 14:56


  • juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-09-27 14:59

    Good it's time somebody put their foot down, this is getting ridiculous. Law and order means nothing in the country, Zuma's speech writer forgot to include that in his speech at the UN

  • acm.munro - 2012-09-27 16:28

    If a person accepts a job with its conditions, and you receive regular annual increases in line with inflation, and you are not expected to work extra hours without extra pay, there is no need to strike. If you are unhappy, you can leave and look for another job. As it is this mine had an agreement with the unions until June next year.

  • colin.langley - 2012-09-27 17:11

    Hey guys. Come on! Spare a thought for these guys. I grew up on a coal mine and trust me, when i went on a "sight seeing tour" underground i thought i was gonna have a heart attack. They would have to pay me a million a month to work in those conditions. And there were white AND black guys working together. Deep down in the ground there is no racism and accidents don't see colour. What i do object to, is striking miners turning violent and intimidating those who do not want to strike. The world is already an ugly place, don't try make it worse!

      JOHNY63 - 2012-10-01 06:17


  • acm.munro - 2012-09-27 18:10

    Hope Amplats stick to their guns, have just read that Implats caving in, willing to give increases?

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