NUM won't take it lying down

Anglo American Platinum workers plan to discuss their next move after jobs were lost on Friday.

Anglo Platinum workers gather at the Bleskop Stadium in Rustenburg on 6 October 2012. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

RUSTENBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) warned on Saturday that the sacking of about 12,000 workers at Anglo American Platinum may result in violence.

The workers gathered at the Bleskop stadium near Rustenburg, to discuss a possible way forward after receiving dismissal notices on Friday.

As a result of a three week strike over higher wages, management took the decision to fire the workers.

"There may be chaos," said NUM's Lesiba Seshoka.

"We don't want chaos; we want all workers to return back to work and work for their families.

"The issue of working in that manner and firing so many workers is unacceptable."

The striking workers were adamant that they would not return to work.

"They must stop calling people to come to work," said strike leader Thami Mdoda.

"This is still going to happen, we are not going to stop striking and we are not going to stop intimidating people that are going to work while we are on strike."

They also discussed the death of one their colleagues Shugquleni Qakamba who died on Thursday.

The miners claim he was killed by the police.

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma welcomed talks between unions and the Chamber of Mines, saying he will support whatever decision is taken in order to restore the mining sector to normality.

Talks between stakeholders in the mining sector began on Thursday and are expected to resume on Monday.

Zuma also encouraged all stakeholders to focus on bringing stability and peace back to the troubled industry.

"Our country has a progressive industrial relations framework and we are pleased that the parties are talking," said the presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj.

"It is only through dialogue that we can find solutions to the current wayward strikes.

"We urge the parties to work together towards a speedy resolution in order to restore the situation to normalcy in the mining sector."