Fired Amplats miners march to NUM

2012-10-10 11:29

Johannesburg - Sacked Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS] (Amplats) mineworkers walked to the regional office of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in Rustenburg on Wednesday to cancel their membership.

"We do not want NUM to represent us. They are the stumbling block to re-open the wage negotiation. They must back off," worker leader Gaddafhi Mdoda said.

"We are at their offices. There is no one here. They have run away. There are thousands of us from four mines and the comrades from Samancor."

He said another march to the NUM office would be arranged.

"We have dispersed and we our going to meet at our different shafts to discuss about when are we marching again."

Police spokesperson Captain Dennis Adriao said the group gathered in the city's CBD without a permit.

"We explained to them that they need a permit to march. They understood and dispersed peacefully," he said.

Mdoda said they would not appeal their dismissals.

"We are not going to appeal because we see no reason to appeal."

The workers elected a committee to speak for them. They burnt NUM t-shirts at one of the protests at Samancor in Mooinooi.

At their meetings they had a box full of membership forms for the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), despite claims they had no ties with any union.

Amplats fired 12 000 workers last week. The company said that since the illegal strike started less than 20% of workers had reported for duty.

"Currently four of the company's mining operations in the Rustenburg area have insufficient staff to operate and only essential services are being carried out at those mines. Our Rustenburg concentrators, smelters and refineries and Bathopele mine continue to operate normally," the company said in a statement.

The strike had spread to Amplats operations in Limpopo.

"Anglo American Platinum also confirms that the company has begun to experience strike contagion at its Union and Amandelbult (Tumela and Dishaba) operations, where workers have presented memorandums of demands similar to those received in Rustenburg," Amplats said.

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  • altusvanzyl - 2012-10-10 11:42

    Hahaha. Nice:)

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-10 11:42

    No union would want you know as you are now unemployed. Num also did not tell you to strike, maybe you should rather march to the new union (Amcu)?

  • asteyn - 2012-10-10 11:45


  • johan.jacobs.33821 - 2012-10-10 11:51

    This is a "Family" matter please, no Police interference,let them sort it out by themselves.

  • paul.kershaw.18 - 2012-10-10 11:54

    and the travesty continues to unfold. Education is @ the core of the problem. If this cANCer led government ever decided to educate their people - things would be different and the ANC would be out of a well-paying job. Hopefully someone will tell these miners to go to Loot-all-i house and cancel their ANC membership too.....

  • james.bondiski - 2012-10-10 11:54

    Well its about time these people woke up and realised that the unions are not on their side. THEY ARE ON THEIR OWN SIDE OF STEALING MONEY.

      geraldsebanda - 2012-10-10 15:27

      So true. 5 years ago the company I worked for was taken down by lazy striking employees. Today I still see some of them at the side of the road, starving, cold and begging for low pay temp labour jobs. The union dropped them all very fast when they lost their income. Dont worry, Im ok, I have an education

  • david.lebethe - 2012-10-10 12:05

    Wait until you hear Blade Nzimande on this one. He has a knack for insulting people when they exrcise their inalienable right. To him, it is only good if they join a tripartite alliance.

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-10 12:07

    That is nice. March to your imperial leedass!

  • TomCat - 2012-10-10 12:24

    They should all head to UIF now. Well done Amplats, do not let your employees hold you hostage.

  • Arno Lotz - 2012-10-10 12:26

    needless to blame NUM,they cant fight stubborness.a few months without pay,they will face the consequencess.i hope then they will see the foolishness of this.

  • mark.n.wade - 2012-10-10 12:43

    sadly these miners are political pawns , they dont grasp the severity of their illegal strike ... they are fired ... they have no recourse ... now they claim the firing is illegal as they werent informed ... misinformed by juju et al's lies ... now they have no money as opposed to a little ... i really pity them .... its not their fault ju ju exploited them

  • patrick.mquire - 2012-10-10 13:03

    num must stop to say striking employees are their members.they(num)must just allow or force amplats to open wagenegotiation to end the strike and thereafter they rectify their mistake (num) cause really amplats can't hire anyonone on their operation,a lot is coming and this is not 1996 this time is new generation working for amplats.i foresee a huge mess and danger on this issue.amplats must just put the offer on the table like the other mines have done and stop to be stabon as if they are not big companey in the whole world(amplats).

  • graham.katz - 2012-10-10 13:54

    You can only B****T the majority till they see how they are being taken advantage of. Remember the French revolution!

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