No end to strike as miners spurn offer

2012-10-29 13:46

Johannesburg - The strike at Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS] (Amplats) in Rustenburg will continue, the Rustenburg strike co-ordinating committee said on Monday.

"The strike is on. Workers have crushed the proposal to return to work," committee spokesperson Gaddafhi Mdoda said.

Amplats said in a statement at the weekend it had reached an agreement with unions and workers' representatives to reinstate the 12 000 employees dismissed, and that they were expected to return to work on Tuesday.

Mdoda said workers had heard of this through the media, which made it difficult for their representatives to explain the agreement to them.

"We have been in meetings with management and the unions. We cannot take any offer without consulting the workers. They have rejected the offer."

He expressed concern that the situation could turn violent on Tuesday if some workers did report for duty.

"We have not signed that agreement. The sms sent (by the company) to workers is complicating this issue and confusing workers. We call on workers not to be violent, but to resolve this peacefully."

Amplats said it had offered to reinstate all workers on the same terms and conditions of employment as applied before their illegal strike. The workers would receive a final written disciplinary warning instead of being dismissed.

The company had further offered a once-off hardship allowance of R2 000 to help workers deal with financial difficulties arising from the no-work, no-pay principle in place while they were striking.

Workers who did not participate in the strike would receive a once-off loyalty allowance of R2 000.

In addition, employees affected by the no-work, no-pay rule could apply for loan of up to R2 500 each, repayable over six months from January 2013.

Workers were expected to report for duty at 7am on Tuesday.

Amplats workers went on strike on September 12, demanding a monthly salary of R16 000.

On Saturday, National Union of Mineworkers' secretary Frans Baleni said strikes could score short-term gains, but result in permanent losses.

"Prolonged strikes may lead to the company closing down," he said after a Congress of SA Trade Unions rally in Rustenburg.

  • thasmeel.singh - 2012-10-29 14:07

    bunch of morons. the fact that they will get their jobs back and earn a salary in the mean time while salary issues are sorted out doesnt phase them. these people should just stay at home and learn how to bargain properly.

  • chris.jikijela.1 - 2012-10-29 14:34

    Would you pliz stop all these threats....These people will never close down the mines until they dig out evrything...

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-29 15:09

      They might close it for a year or 2. The bosses can survive so long but not the workers and theire dependents. It is time the workers think for a change as they are the only losers.

  • meryl.moss.7 - 2012-10-29 14:45

    No one is forcing the miners to work at the mines ... if you aren't happy with your wages pleasse feel free to leave.

  • carel.boahoff - 2012-10-29 14:56

    What will happen when Employers had enough? See

  • marilyn.edge.3 - 2012-10-29 14:59

    Why re-instate people who hold the company to ransom? Fire them. They should be grateful that they have jobs, there are many who don't. We're all having to tighten our belts - and we don't get free housing; free electricity and so on.

  • aitken.rob - 2012-10-29 15:08

    Andrew, If you work at a university, it is a known fact that you earn less than in the real world. Look at Anglos profit and then argue that these guys that work almost 1 km underground with a chance of death while at work is unreasonable. There day starts while you are still sleeping young man. Do yourself a favour and go down a mine and see what these guys have to endure. Anyway, what is wrong with South Africans benefiting from the resources. Here again we have big business against the little guy

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-29 15:21

      It is safer down a mine than protesting. Propably 50 people on the most dies in mines a year, at Marakana it happened within a week.

  • - 2012-10-29 15:18

    Stop worrying for goodness sake. The Chinese are coming. They'll surely pay these wages that are being demanded.

      richard.bosmano - 2012-10-29 16:21

      Ummm no. The chinese bring their own workers who earn a pitance in comparison to our scum miners

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-29 15:40

    This can not anymore be called a strike as they are fired. It is an illegal gathering of the unemployed. Mdoda I don't want to be in your shoes when the Ex miners must leave.

  • nkhangwe.madzivh - 2012-10-29 15:51

    To end mining strikes, government should regulate salaries,no mine workers will work for R7000.00 knowing that Marikana miners are earning R12500. - 2012-10-29 16:23

      The Chinese will pay! Just ask the Zambians ;)

  • johann.enslin.9 - 2012-10-29 18:28

    Mediocrity, mediocrity! All the world is mediocrity!

  • mduduzi.nkosi.733 - 2012-10-31 11:21

    People can say whatever until they talk nomore the main problem is land issue,socio economic inequality must be addressed properly if not the unredressed ugly past will always haunt us in a horrible manner dont be confused.

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