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Amplats miners won't appeal dismissals

The committee claims mine management did not notify them of their dismissals in the correct way.

Striking Anglo American Platinum workers. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

RUSTENBURG - Striking Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) miners on Monday said they will not appeal their dismissals.

Last week Friday, Amplats fired 12,000 employees after they failed to show up for their disciplinary hearings following a month-long illegal strike at the company's Rustenburg operation.

Workers are demanding a basic salary of R16,000 a month.

On Monday, the workers' strike committee met in Rustenburg and decided to disregard management's decision to dismiss the miners.

Representative Thami Mdoda said the committee took a collective decision about the so-called dismissals.

"We have decided not to appeal the dismissal of the 12,000 workers."

He said they will not appeal because they feel management did not notify them of their dismissals in the correct way.

"They sent the dismissals via SMSs, which is unnecessary."

Workers maintain they are still on strike and will continue to hold mass gatherings for higher wages.