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AngloGold issues ultimatum to miners

AngloGold Ashanti says it had no choice but to threaten striking miners to return to work.

Anglogold Ashanti has issued an ultimatum to miners on an unprotected strike.

JOHANNESBURG - AngloGold Ashanti is the latest mining company to issue an ultimatum to workers involved in unprotected wage strikes at seven mines across the country.

The company said it was forced to warn employees that they could be dismissed should they not return to work by Wednesday.

This after negotiations between Ashanti and unions deadlocked last week.

AngloGold spokesperson Alan Fine said, "We have now reached a point where we feel we have no choice but to try and bring back normality to our mines."

Operations have been suspended for four weeks, with more than 24,000 employees on strike.

Thousands of miners at various other companies, including Gold Fields and Gold One, were fired after they refused to attend disciplinary hearings.

Many miners also failed to return to work on stipulated dates.