Amplats miners planning mass strike

FILE: Amplats miners march to Bleskop Stadium in Rustenburg. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

RUSTENBURG - Miners at Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) in Rustenburg on Saturday called on all sectors of society where people feel disenfranchised to support a general strike against planned restructuring at the mine.

Some 14,000 workers at two Amplats shafts stand to lose their jobs if the mining company goes ahead with its restructuring process.

Earlier this year, Amplats, the world’s largest platinum producer, announced it would close down two of its mines and cut around 14,000 jobs. 

This follows a loss of profits recorded last year due to wildcat strikes.

But the miners say they are preparing for "the mother of all strikes" to bring the company to its knees.

Workers representative Gaddafi Mdoda said they had already started visiting mining communities to recruit people for the strike.

“It is also us who are organising to make sure that everyone who is feeling the oppression that we feel so we can have a general mass strike.”