Amplats workers laugh off dismissals

Striking Anglo American Platinum miners on Friday described their sacking as “wild rumours”.

A police nyala monitors Amplats miners. Picture:Govan Whittles/EWN.

RUSTENBURG - Striking Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) miners on Friday described reports of their sacking as "wild rumours".

Earlier in the day, mine management announced that it dismissed 12,000 striking workers who did not show up for their disciplinary hearing.

In September, workers at the Rustenburg mine downed tools to demand a R12,500 basic salary.

Strike committee member Tumelo Moloi said they will return to work after their grievances are resolved.

He said Amplats' decision only affected those who attended the disciplinary hearing.

Moloi said management earlier promised not to fire workers until the matter was resolved.

Amplats spokesperson Mpumi Sithole said disciplinary hearings were completed and that workers would be notified of the outcome.

The world's number one platinum producer said it has lost R700 million in revenue, due to the illegal mass action.

SAMANCOR WARNS WORKERS

Striking workers at Samancor's Western Chrome operation in Mooinooi, North West, could also be fired if they do not return to work.

Mineworkers there said they will not be deterred by the news that Amplats has fired 12,000 workers.

The striking employees want Samancor to recognise their strike committee, because they have reportedly abandoned the National Union of Mineworkers (Num).

The miners are also asking for a basic wage of R12,500.

Some of the workers at Samancor said they received notices of being fired after they staged an underground sit-in for higher wages.

Police are monitoring the situation.