Amplats workers: R16 000 or bust

2012-09-26 16:20

Rustenburg - Striking Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS] (Amplats) workers have vowed to escalate their strike until their demand of a monthly salary of R16 000 is met.

"We have seven days to discuss the demands with the mine management," said Evans Ramokba, one of the workers' leaders.

"Ga re ye [we are not going]," workers shouted as they received a report back on a meeting their representatives held with mine management on Tuesday.

Ramokba said the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) had been given seven days to discuss the issues with management and would present their agreed solution next week.

"We are going there again on Tuesday, but our demand of R16 000 stands," he said.

Workers at Amplats' Rustenburg operations went on a wildcat strike two weeks ago.

Ramokba said their demand was not new to the company, as there were already people earning R16 000.

"We want the mine to pay us equally... that is why we demand the R16 000 before deductions."

"We are going to make sure that no wheel turns at the mine until your demands have been met," said worker spokesperson Mametlwe Sebei.

He said they intended to march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to present the workers' grievances to President Jacob Zuma.

"We are going to march and we will announce the date in due course," he said.

Workers dispersed peacefully after the meeting.

They had been bussed in from different shafts. Those from Jabula marched about 8km to Bleskop Stadium.

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  • simon.stamp.98 - 2012-09-26 16:27

    I pick 'bust'

      repline.rasbanda - 2012-09-26 17:00

      I agree. My real concern(Question) however is who paid for the busses?

  • matshobana.siziba - 2012-09-26 16:29

    If ANC had strengthened its education system, believe me there wouldnt be such preposterous demands. like the facebook page and participate to create a better SA.

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-09-26 16:36

    Lol using animal skulls as weapons. Bunch of animals themselves.

  • nads.delange - 2012-09-26 16:37

    You've got to be kidding me right? R16,000?? Are these miners insane?

  • denis.dendrinos - 2012-09-26 16:40

    and if they get that you'll see the Lonmin miners go on strike again.

      nads.delange - 2012-09-26 16:44

      And then the municipal workers. It's a domino effect.

  • richard.bosmano - 2012-09-26 16:42

    Fire and mechanize

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-09-26 16:44

    Hahahaa, what idiots. So I have a degree and manage the finances of a company and you deliver mail but we must earn the same salary. Stupidity can even be used to discribe these people. I hope they fire all of them as there are thousands of people waiting for work.

      nads.delange - 2012-09-26 16:53

      This is pure greed, you do not need R16,000 to "survive", unless you have to feed 10 kids, but it's not like it's Amplats' fault that they have so many kids!!

  • monde.sibisi - 2012-09-26 16:47

    These guys are jocking, where will that money come from? Amplats should start advertising posts on national media, there are a lot of unemployed youths out there who are more then willing to do the job

  • joe.mangena.1 - 2012-09-26 16:53

    Soldier on Comrades

      nads.delange - 2012-09-26 16:57

      Yip, soldier on, to R0 a month!

  • cathy.goldin.1 - 2012-09-26 17:02

    they are lucky that they have a job at all with medical and housing etc. What about the masses who would work for half that amount. Dont they think??

  • cathy.goldin.1 - 2012-09-26 17:05

    They are lucky thay have a job with medical and housing. What about those who would work for half this amount. Don't they think???

  • mpho.phawe - 2012-09-26 17:06


  • jim.binnie.1 - 2012-09-26 17:06

    Bring on the machines which do NOT strike, do NOT demand on going pay rises above inflation without any increase in productivity, do NOT cause safety stoppages and which DO work at an acceptable agreed rate of production at all times provided they are properly maintained. The above suggestion is NOT good news for the unionised labour force in South Africa but IS good news for the investors in the mining industry and for the SA Government tax revenues. ANC - time to get off the fence and start creating a country which is internationally competitive or else allow South Africa to degenerate into another "African Lost Cause"

  • flysouth - 2012-09-26 17:10

    Wait and see what the 'knock-on' effect of such ridiculous wage increases will be on all industry! Inevitably employers will be looking very closely at mechanisation and automation, with new eyes - no longer will they be prepared, as they have done, to continue lagging behind the rest of the world in favour of artificially providing employment for some illusory benefit to society. If labour insists on pricing itself out of the market, particularly those markets where selling price for the product is defined by world prices, or even other nation's cheaper production (e.g, China) then those jobs will simply cease to exist - or the company providing them will cease to exist in South Africa. Why is it that SA no longer has a garment industry? Whilst miners seem to believe that they hold the cards in these 'negotiations', they are quite wrong. The ultimate trump card is that there is not a single mineral that is unique to this country - and any company will consider it's options, including closure or withdrawal from SA - miners should always keep that, and the fact that there are viable substitutes for platinum, in mind.

  • Phil.Kleynhans - 2012-09-26 17:58

    Fire them let them sit without work. There are milions looking for job.If they go over to violence use violence. This issue is completely out of hand. Thanks to ANC who cant handle his own people. Very very poor governance

  • Heinrich Swart - 2012-09-26 18:24

    "We are going to make sure that no wheel turns at the mine until your demands have been met," said worker spokesperson Mametlwe Sebei... Is that not extortion? Every1 is always on an illegal strike for weeks?!? How can you do something illegally for weeks at a time and no arrests or firing?

  • Zahir - 2012-09-26 21:21

    I hope they paid the uif contribution as they will be collecting that from next month

  • albert.prinsloo.7 - 2012-09-27 08:38

    Maybe all the well payed South Africans and Business owners should go on strike refusing to pay the insane Tax, here are people living in sometimes inhumane conditions which is the ANC's problem but the tax payer still pays for their water and electricity, we dont strike just bend over and pay! make a plan! and they demand R16000!! Insane, taxpayers strike and no more water and electricity for unrealistic people. I am just curious what would be said and what would happen if something like that happened?

  • jason.heineberg - 2012-09-27 08:40

    Do these people understand that we are not communists? Not everyone will get the same salary... There needs to be some ramifications for this ridiculous striking, people can't just stop working to make ridiculous requests all the time, its incredibly counterproductive.

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