Axed Amplats miners miss appeal deadline

Strike leaders have ignored a deadline imposed by Amplats, to explain why axed miners should be rehired.

North West miners held a meeting in Marikana on 13 October 2012, where they elected people to coordinate strikes by workers from different mining companies in SA. Picture: Theo Nkonki/EWN.

MARIKANA - Strike leaders in the North West have ignored a deadline imposed by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) Mine - to explain why axed miners should be rehired.

Amplats fired 12, 000 workers last week, after they failed to show up to disciplinary hearings in connection with their illegal strike.

Management at the mine gave them until Saturday afternoon to appeal their dismissals.

The miners held a meeting in Marikana earlier today - where they elected people to coordinate strikes by workers from different mining companies in the country.

Strike leader Mmametlwe Sebei said Amplats' move to fire the miners was nothing more than an act of intimidation.

He said miners would not appeal the dismissals, honour the disciplinary hearing process or "whatever came out of it".

Sebei said workers from surrounding companies would join their strike, and that their collective effort would put pressure on companies across all sectors to offer a basic salary of R12, 500 to employees.

Meanwhile, committees from striking mines across the country have agreed to stage a mass march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria next month.

The wave of wildcat strikes around the country started in Marikana in August, where almost 50 people were killed in violent attacks.

Those include the 34 Lonmin miners who were gunned down by police during clashes in Wonderkop village.