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Vavi calls for reinstatement

Cosatu's Zwelinzima Vavi said the dismissals will not halt strike action at the mines.

Cosatu's Zwelinzima Vavi said dismissals will not halt strike action at the mines.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Saturday demanded the immediate reinstatement of all miners that were dismissed as a result of recent strike action.

12, 000 Anglo Platinum employees were fired at the mine's Rustenburg operations, while 120 workers were dismissed at Kumba Iron Ore mine and 1, 500 at Goldfields KDC West mine.

Cosatu's Zwelinzima Vavi said the dismissals will not halt strike action at the mines.

“We demand the immediate reinstatement of all workers that have been dismissed and call on other mining companies that have threatened to dismiss workers to withdraw these threats.”

Vavi said Cosatu has also called on their affiliates to organise solidarity action in support of their call to re-instate the miners.

“To embark on solidarity actions across the economy in support of this demand, every union will immediately convene  workplace meetings to discuss the solidarity and timing of the actions.”