Amplats to reinstate 12 000 strikers

2012-10-26 19:06

Johannesburg - Amplats has agreed to rehire 12 000 illegal strikers who were dismissed, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said Friday.

"We've reached an agreement with the employers to reinstate all the dismissed employees," said NUM regional coordinator Mxhasi Sithethi. Workers should report for work on Tuesday, he added.

The deal, which could end a widespread work stoppage in the sector, came around a week after President Jacob Zuma made a plea to the tens of thousands of striking mine workers to return to their shafts.

NUM said it has been engaged in talks with Anglo American Platinum, alongside other recognised unions at the mine.

The striking workers will each be awarded a R2 000 one-off allowance and a R2 500 salary advance, to see them through as they have been out of work for six weeks.

Amplats dismissed the strikers en masse on October 5.

The company was not available for comment.

Workers' demands for pay hikes were not discussed in the latest round of talks however.

"The priority is to get all dismissed employees back at work, so the issue of whatever demands they have could be entertained later," said Sithethi.

Workers have been pushing for pay raises of at least the 11-22%, the same level awarded to those at Lonmin's nearby Marikana mine following a strike that had left 46 dead, 35 of whom were killed by police.

  • berni.venter - 2012-10-26 19:14

    This is utter insanity. Rewarding bad behaviour seems to be the norm in South Africa.

  • karen.gerhardi - 2012-10-26 19:17

    The bad behaviour, destruction of property, violence and intimidation is getting rewarded and we wonder why strikes in this country are so violent. It's behaviour 101 people. Reward the behaviour and get more of it. Strikers must understand that bad behaviour will not be tolerated or forgiven, then we will see the start of peaceful strikes.

  • badladballie - 2012-10-26 19:19

    Glad you are trying to fix up your mess NUM. You owe your members an apology.

  • shane.asselbergs - 2012-10-26 19:23

    I understand that you can't just replace 12000 miners, but what's stopping them from doing exactly the same next year knowing that there are no consequences for what they do.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-26 19:26

    Well we all saw that coming. What a waste of time all round

  • king.rasta.583 - 2012-10-26 19:27

    what the hell the company was doing.

  • - 2012-10-26 19:30

    and THAT is just one of the many problems with the country. The workers are not worried about being dismissed because they almost always get reinstated. The companies firing them are fooling nobody but themselves. :(

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-10-26 19:30

    I think this is wrong. Is this how consequence is thought. This incident only happened because of people not realising that there are consequences!

  • Neal Sing - 2012-10-26 19:41

    Great news!We at other Anglo mines can now breathe because things will be stable again--possibly no retrenchments!

  • maanda.manenzhe - 2012-10-26 19:55

    as usual next year dey r going 2 strike again

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-10-26 19:57

    Bang gat management!! People get fired daily for lesser offenses.

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-26 20:03

    Back - forth, back - forth. See - saw, see - saw.

  • Teuneman - 2012-10-26 20:12

    Bad move. A culture of no repurcussions from actions is being grown by employers giving in to unreasonable demands, and now re hiring the fired miners.

  • majwarha.balakisi - 2012-10-26 20:12

    This shows that workers united can never ever be defeated.

      badladballie - 2012-10-26 20:26

      No one wants to defeat them they must just learn to behave reasonably. They need good management just as much as management needs good workers.

  • JamesMWood - 2012-10-26 21:04

    This is madness, they get rewarded for being lazy, incompetant, greedy, destructive, unproductive? Wow! I won't b surprised when we have no foreign investment!and amplats, you pussies! You should have stuck to your guns and made a stand, these layabouts are making a mockery of international conglomerates!

  • wilhelm.grobbelaar - 2012-10-26 21:09

    I gotta get work at amplats. Just think about it I can Stuff up as much as I want to and the idiots will re-instate me.

  • george.larkins.14 - 2012-10-26 21:28

    Disappointed!!!Typical South Africa.Getting paid for doing nothing.South Africa favours the 'criminals',corruption and everybody that dont want to work hard for a living.Free houses,free water,free electricity and grants for making children that they can't afford to have.Well always have this problem

  • cecilia.vanderwesthuizen.5 - 2012-10-26 21:37

    Oh yeah pay them for costing you millions in damages, rehire them and forget about the rest. Pay them for the days they did not work. Only in SA!

      thembi.neville.7 - 2012-10-28 06:04

      I agree with u chief,the employer must pay the employee to avoid a strike over the country en workers have to know about their rights!

  • robert.doyle.712 - 2012-10-27 00:01

    Karen is right: Quote "The bad behaviour, destruction of property, violence and intimidation is getting rewarded and we wonder why strikes in this country are so violent."

  • cpsmit - 2012-10-27 06:59

    Amplats have just taken over the title of Super clown from Mr Z.

  • janis.moolman - 2012-10-27 07:09

    Wait and see they way they behaved will pay of in a few months a big step for anglo more then that I cant say just watch the space and see. They thought to strike is the answer everthing is part of the hig plan.

  • janis.moolman - 2012-10-27 07:11

    Hahaha it is a show Hod do not protect people wjo murder

  • john.dough.5836711 - 2012-10-27 08:33

    SO the tail wags the dog once again, don't you have balls?

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-27 09:21

    Well so you have given into the Unions. They have already come out and said that in January they will be calling for another strike to up wages and then the mine is going to suffer again. Well, good luck we have no more sympathy for you. You keep dancing to Union and workers tunes. What have you proved to the workers, absolutely nothing, so they will do the same again when called on to do so. Cowards thats what you are a bunch of cowards.

  • malcolm.stevens.129 - 2012-10-27 11:49

    Such a pity. This decision is clearly based on the threat of more violence, intimidation of Amplats workers and further strike action by the unions to get the fired workers re-employed. This is simply wrong. The unions should be the ones calling for the firing of the workers - that would show the unions are serious about negotiating with employers in good faith and within agreed bargaining frameworks.

  • Bruning - 2012-10-28 08:38

    By all means rehire them. But at half their original pay.

  • kon.soomer.3 - 2012-10-28 13:23


  • Paul Christian Gibbon - 2012-10-28 19:35

    Why can't anglo pay wat they want? They have people doing nothing at closed shafts. Contractors getting over r100000 a month just sitting there. The people that work get nothing. The head office and shafts are so over staffed compared to other mining houses. So why not.

  • carel.boahoff - 2012-10-29 17:33

    We need to change people's mindsets about strikes. It is not OK. See

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