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Amplats workers joining strike

13 Sep 2012
JOHANNESBURG ( – JSE-listed platinum producer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Thursday confirmed that a small group of employees have resubmitted a list of demands that management reportedly received in July.

This followed Amplats’ voluntary shutdown of its operations in Rustenburg on Wednesday, to ensure the safety of its employees as intimidation in the area spread.

Some Amplats workers had joined the gathering on Thursday in the Bleskop stadium, in Rustenburg, but Amplats reported that the masses were dispersing.

In July, about 300 employees from the Thembelani and Khuseleka mines approached management demanding a basic of R10 000, a living out allowance of R2 000, clocking-in risk pay of R500, monthly safety bonus of R1 500, transport allowance of R60 and a meal allowance of R30.

In August, the group supplied management with a 10-day deadline to respond to their demands and it was reported that a group of about 100 workers from the Thembelani mine downed tools for a few days.

Two weeks ago, 300 of the Khuseleka mine employees handed their list of demands to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration. A hearing to resolve the issues was scheduled for September 25.