Anglo Platinum threatens striking miners

Striking Anglo Platinum miners have been urged to return to work or face legal action.

Striking Anglo Platinum workers demonstrate at the company's Blesbok stadium. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Anglo Platinum on Monday threatened to take legal action against its striking workers if they do not return to work.

Miners at the Rustenburg based platinum producer have been on strike for over two weeks demanding a R12,500 wage hike.

Amplats' Mpumi Mnisi said less than 20 percent of miners have been showing up at work.

Mnisi said mine management is disappointed by the situation.

"Anglo American Platinum continues to be disappointed with the low turnout. We encourage our workers to return to work and we require them to do so by no later than the night shift on Monday."

Meanwhile, strike leaders said the workers will hold a meeting to decided on the way forwards.

Many mines have been hit by strike action in recent weeks.

Miners are demanding better salaries and improved living conditions.

In August, 35 people were killed during an illegal strike at Lonmin's Marikana mine in the North West.

The miners were demanding a R12,500 salary increase.

The mine has since reached an agreement with the strikers.

Last week, the received a 22 percent pay hike and returned to work.

Some mines are concerned that their workers will demand the same.